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SUMMER 1994 


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Suiting Up Teaclier Education 




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he theme that seems to run through this inaugural issue of 
Armstrong Magazine is direct and simple — taJking chances 

^M When the college was founded in the midst of the Great 

Depression, its survival was a gamble. As you'll see in the article 
on page four, the college's early years were full of uncertainty as well 
as exuberance. 

Our motif is articulated in the profiles of faculty members Yassi 
Saadatmand and Lloyd Newberry. Saadatmand refutes government 
claims of improved women's rights in her native Iran. She insists 
that changes in laws to benefit women are either superficial or 
impossible to implement. Should she return home, 
Saadatmand's criticism of the regime would put her life 
in jeopardy. 

Newberry's daring is evident in his personal life as 
well as in his creative approach to teacher educa- 
tion. Immediately after receiving accreditation 
from the National Council for the Association of 
Teacher Education (NCATE), he initiated program 
changes in the curriculum and structure of the School of Education. Many 
of Newberry's ideas are counter to traditional practice and popular consen- 
sus, but his innovations win both national attention and support. 

It takes only one look at the dynamic art of John and Linda Jensen to sense 
the new boundaries each of them is creating. Then there is Frank Butler's 
commentary on the risk of not taking technological chances. 

Overall we hope we've assembled stories that reflect the vibrant activity on 
campus. From student achievement to administrative creativity, the college 
pulses with a kinetic enthusiasm. When I arrived at Armstrong eight months 
ago, 1 thought I had found Brigadoon. We hope you feel that way after read- 
ing Armstrong Magazine . 


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College Advancement at 

Armstrong State College. 

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Robert A. Bumett, president 

John A. Gehrm II, executive director 

of college advancement 


Norton M. Melaver, president 

Jane A. Feller, wee president 

John A. Gehrm 11, executive 

vice president 

M. Lane Morrison, secretary 

Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr., treasurer 

Dorothy M. Eckhart, assistant 


Frank Barragan, Jr. 

Dick D. Eckburg 

Brian R. Foster 

Robert D. Gunn 

Connie D. Hartridge 

Robert D. Johnston, Jr. 

Nick J. Mamalakis 

Willis J. Potts, Jr. 

Marie H. Simmons 

Philip Solomons, Sr. 

Herbert S. Traub, Jr. 

Fred L. Williams, Jr. 

Susan S. Weiner, adjunct 

Irving Victor, adjunct 

Armstrong State College is a senior 

unit of the University System of 

Georgia. The Armstrong community 

includes approximately 5,600 

students and 235 faculty. An average 

class size of nineteen ensures an 
environment of academic excellence. 
Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 
Armstrong today serves a rich gamut 

of traditional and non-traditional 

students. Sixty percent are from the 

Savannah-Chatham area. Others come 

from around the state, the nation, 

and the world. 






Glancing Back 

The founding and early histoiy of Armstrong was 
characterized by the incredible dedication of the 

people of Savannah. 


Iran's Feminist Facade 

Women's rights were the first casualty of the Iranian 


Inside the Human Condition 

The Art of John and Linda Jensen 

Shaking Up Teacher Education 

If you want to get things done and live on just about 
every cutting edge, call the dean of education. 



Hoopla and happenings on campus 

Alumni Line 

News for and about Armstrong alumni 


Hitch a ride on 
the toll gates close. 

1 1 Hitch a ride on the information superhighway, before 


Inside back cover 




and MCG 

Within the last thirty years, only two undergraduate 
students have been accepted to the Medical College of 
Georgia (MCG). Both students have come from 
Armstrong. The latest is Micah Hiers who was 
accepted during her sophomore year. Now a junior chem- 
istry major, Hiers leaves for MCG this fall. She intends to 


specialize in pediatrics and practice in rural Georgia. 

Since 1983 Armstrong chemistry majors have had a 
ninety-percent acceptance rate at MCG. 


Tennis Star Bums 

With players like Philipp Schertel, the men's tennis team has 
earned the reputation as a premier program in NCAA Division 11. 
The Armstrong junior is the 1992 NCAA II National Singles 
Champion. Schertel, who came to Savannah from Kehl, 
Germany raced to a 30-7 record in the 1992 season. He was 26-13 last year, 
making a return trip to the national tournament where he was upset in the 
second round. This year Schertel is blistering the competition, posting a 19-2 
record at presstime. In his latest outing, Schertel dumped the number one 
ranked player in straight sets. 


College Gains Indian 
Studies Program 

President Burnett has announced that an Indian studies 
program will be launched this summer. Funded by the 
Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, the program will be the only 
one of its kind in the state. Indian studies classes and fac- 
ulty exchange between Armstrong and Indian colleges will 
add an international emphasis to the college community. 
The goal of the program is to build "bridges of under- 
standing" between the world's two largest democracies. 

Gehrm Heads 
New Office 
of College 

An Office of CoUege 
Advancement has been estab- 
lished at Armstrong. Under the executive directorship of 
John A. Gehrm II, the office coordinates fundraising, 
alumni affairs, and public relations activities. 

A veteran of fifteen years in higher education 
advancement work, Gehrm came to Armstrong from 
Florida State University where he served as a senior 
development officer. 

New Physical Therapy 

This fall Armstrong will have to a new physical therapy 
program. David Lake, current director of physical therapy 
at Northeastern University in Boston, wall direct the pro- 
gram. Anne Thompson has been named the academic 
coordinator for clinical experience. 

Armstrong's physical therapy program will be the only 
one in Georgia south of Augusta. 


Medical technology students John Howard and Ann 
Shastry had a very good excuse for being late to class; 
they were removing injured victims from an automo- 
bile wreck. While on route to school, Howard and 
Shastry came upon the accident scene. When Howard 
noticed gasoline leaking from the smashed car, they 
sprang into action. After removing a semiconscious 
pregnant passenger to safety, they waited for para- 
medics to arrive. For their quick thinking and bravery, 
the students were named "Hometown Heroes" by a 
local tele\ision station. 


Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz (right) with 
Geoii;e F. Armstrong and daughter Lucy. 



History of 

fifty-nine years since the 
grand bron^ doors of tiie 
Armstrong mansion were 
opened to students of 
Armstrong Junior College. 
Armstrong's history is a 
tale of two colleges — the original 
downtown city college and the pre- 
sent southside state college. Signs at 
the present campus proclaim both 
identities. Our entrance sign 
announces us as "a tax supported 
four-year unit of the University of 
Georgia." A large billboard across the 
street reminds that we have been 
"part of Savannah since 1935." On 
our sixtieth birthday in 1995, we will 
have been on the present campus 
almost as long as we were downto\\m, 
having arrived on the southside in 
January 1966. It was not easy to 
leave the historic inner-city campus 
with its grandeur and antebellum 
ambiance. But the fresh new sur- 
roundings held promise. 

No one had a clear idea of where the college 
could be; the fierce fist of the Depression was 
squeezing everyone. 

The founding and early history of 
Armstrong was characterized by the 
incredible dedication of the people of 
Savannah. It seems as if the Great 
Depression consuming the country in 
1935 was the eccentric genius that 
created Armstrong, a place for young 
people who could not afford to 
attend college away from home. 
There were Mayor Thomas Gamble, 
dreamer and pragmatist, and the city 
council; and State Senator David 
Atkinson, who in February 1935 pre- 
pared a bill for the legislature to 
approve a city-supported college in 

And Lowry Axley — head of the 
English department at Savannah 

High School — 
who did acade- 
mic and finan- 
cial research on 
the feasibility of 
founding a college 
Since the late 1920s, 
Axley had editorialized in the 
Savannah Morning News about the 
need for a junior college. He was 
Mayor Gamble's right-hand man in 
the venture. To list all the organiza- 
tions and people who urged the 
founding of a college would make 
this article encyclopedic. But those 
who gave support first and most 
devotedly included virtually every 

in Armstrong's first few years, eighty percent 
of the students were in clubs or on teams. 


segment of society. For several years 
the library consisted of gifts 
from a gamut of enthusi- 
astic Savannahians: 
rabbis, realtors, 
tug-boat cap- 
tains, citizens 
throughout the 

No one had a clear 
idea of where the college 
could be; the fierce fist of 
the Depression was squeez- 
ing everyone. But Mayor 
Gamble forged ahead. 
Robert W. Groves, a former 
business associate of 
George F. Armstrong, spoke 
to a lawyer, L.H. Smith. 
He contacted Lucy Camp 
Armstrong Moltz about the 
Savannah Italian 
Renaissance home she and 
her late husband George F. 
Armstrong had built. She 
agreed to Smith's proposal 
and donated her home to 
the city. 

In January 1936, Lucy 
Moltz presented a portrait of 
George F. Armstrong to the 
college. Her address to the 
audience was described as 
"the outstanding point of the 
afternoon." But it was report- 
ed that her little grandson, 
"the subject of many 'ohs' and 
'ahs,'" was quite a hit as well. 
The junior college was briefly called 
Armstrong Memorial Junior College 
during its first year. That was proper. 

But, in a sense, "The People of 
Savannah Memorial Junior College" 
would have also been appropriate. 
This spirit of involvement was 
infectious. When the 
175 students 
arrived on 
September 17, 
1935, they were indi- 
vidually greeted by 
Dean Ernest A. Lowe 
and eight faculty. The 
students joined clubs 
and "went out" for 
teams in amazing 
numbers. Eighty per- 
cent of the student 

their first game to Savannah High 
School, 32-30. Literary and glee 
clubs, fencing and swimming teams, 
and publication groups for The 
Inkwell and 'Geechee bloomed like 


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body was in a club or on a team. 
Twenty-seven boys tried basketball. 
These "fighting golden flashes" lost 

springtime. An atmosphere of cele- 
bration thrilled the air. The College 
Commission membership was a who's 
who of Savannah's leaders. The flurry 

of interest saw a 500-seat auditori- 
um/theatre built to honor Herschel V. 
Jenkins, publisher and editor of the 
Savannah Morning News. Mills B. 
Lane gave another building and Mrs. 
Lane had its carriage-house remod- 
eled as a "canteen" 
for students. It was 
called "The Nut." 



Mayor Gamble made inspirational 
speeches — "the junior college will 
seek to build your lives on safer and 
more satisfying foundations." A foot- 
ball team was formed. Coached by a 

man named "Chick," the team was 
passingly called the Samsons. 
Football fell to World War II. No 
money. No boys. 

The Great Depression ironically 
continued to inspire Savannahians: 
"Even the most sanguine supporters 
of the original idea are marveling at 
the progress already achieved ... and 
thousands of dollars 
[are] kept within 
the channels of 
local trade ... to 
maintain prosperi- 
ty...," Herschel 
Jenkins editorial- 
ized. And Mayor 
Thomas Gamble 
again, almost 
euphoric: "Already 
the Armstrong 
Junior College has 
attained a position 
that is exceptional 
among new 
schools," and 
according to 
The Atlanta 
Constitution it was 
"the most beautiful 
and expensive 
junior college in the 
United States." 

During the later 
college presidencies 
of J. Thomas Askew 
. Hawes, Armstrong 
in the 1940s and 1950s was regularly 
ranked academically among the top 
ten junior colleges nationwide. In the 
1960s and into the 1990s, Henry L. 

and Foreman 

Coach "Chick" Shiver cheers on the 
1940 'Geechees. 

Ashmore and Robert A. Burnett per- 
petuated the tradition while presid- 
ing over monumental change. 

The college's first budget was 
$40,305. Today the budget is more 
than $25,000,000. There are nearly 
5,600 students and 235 full-time fac- 
ulty. A renascence is upon us as the 
diamond anniversary of our founding 
approaches. Growth, sophistication, 
academic excellence, faculty scholar- 
ship, national acclaim — from the 
classroom and theatre, to the art 
gallery and athletic field — all reit- 
erate the touchstones which measure 
Armstrong. The achievements of 
today's Armstrong would please its 
founders and supporters who 
returned the stare of the Great 
Depression with the sheer force of 
their dream. — RS 


You Say A 


In the fiercely 

patriarchal Iran, 

financial security 

and equal treatment 

before the law 

are unavailable to 

most women. 

awash in black — the color of the 
Iranian women's head covering. The 
demonstrators are burning American 
flags and hoisting their beautiful babies 
above the crowd. It is an image that fuels 
the usual assumptions about Iranian 
anger, hatred, and religious fanaticism. 
But according to Yassaman Saadatmand, 
assistant professor of economics, this 
picture does not begin to tell an accurate 

"Those are among the few women in 
the entire country who have benefited 
from the Islamic 

said. "When I see those pictures, I have 
to ask Nvhere are the real Iranian 

Where you might expect to find 
them — in the factories, fields, and 
markets — working under a govern- 
ment that has promised much for wom- 
en's rights and given little. 

When Shah Mohammad Reza 
Pahlavi was overthro\\Ti fifteen years ■ 
ago, there was reason for celebration. 
The Iranian people were sickened by 
the Shah's corrupt and brutal govern- 
ment. Many felt that the U.S.-backed 
leader had contaminated the traditional 
Persian society mth. western material- 
ism and decadence. The promise of a 
new, "purer" Islamic rule brought opti- 
mism from Iranians around the world. 
Saadatmand, who was in graduate 

school in the U.S. at 

For the majority of Iranians, 
life lias not improved in the 
fifteen years since the 

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the time, went back to her homeland 
with the intention to stay and work as 
an economist. 

"At first I was hopeful," Saadatmand 
said. "In the beginning they were using 
the same slogans that the rest of the 
intellectuals were using, so we thought 
everything would be great." 

But soon AyatoUah Khomeini began 
to preach that the Koran was the law of 
the land and the authority on all mat- 
ters — civil or otherwise. "I remember 
hearing Khomeini say that economists 
were useless," Saadatmand said. "He 
insisted that Islam itself would provide 
all of the economic instruction needed 
to run the country." 

Western influence was purged as the 
vise of the regime tightened. Women 
were forced to cover their bodies and 
stay at home — the place authorities 
described as the "most suitable and best 
environment for women." Police patrols, 
called Komitehs, roamed the streets in 
search of bare ankles and wrists. 
Women were insulted, arrested, fined, 
and even lashed for "bad hejab" the tra- 
ditional head covering. 

Saadatmand could not live under 
those restrictions; she was an exile in 
her own land. "1 would not have been 
able to keep my mouth shut," she said. 
"Given that the brutality of the republic 
was even worse than that of the Shah's 
regime, 1 knew I had to leave. 1 left won- 
dering why the revolution had turned 
out to be the way it had." 

After her return to the United States, 
Saadatmand decided to pursue a doc- 

torate in economics. Her interest in the 
economic problems of developing coun- 
tries began early. As a young girl she 
observed the hardscrabble lives of the 
everyday folk in her country. "In my 
doctoral study 1 wanted to examine the 
sources of the problems in less-devel- 
oped areas. My main scholarly concern 
at that time was about the country in 
general — what economic policies 
could stimulate growth and so on," she 
said. Out of this concern grew her 
specific interest in Iranian women's 
economic roles. 

Saadatmand's current research 
examines their lives — the number of 
women in the work force, the kinds of 
jobs they hold, the influence of govern- 
ment ideology on decisions they make. 
And she's interested in the impact of 
events in the countiy on Iranian women 

"I've been in the United States for a 
long time," Saadatmand said. "But what 
happens in Iran affects me too. This is 
more home to me than Iran, but it's still 
not home. I feel uprooted because of the 
things that have happened in my coun- 
tiy. It's easier for Iranian men to go 
back home. I can't go back because the 
pressure on me would be oppressive." 


Yassaman Saadatmand, 

Assistant Professor 

of Economics 

For the majority of Iranians, life has 
not improved in the fifteen years since 
the revolution. The population has 
almost doubled v^^hile the GNP has 
plummeted. Two-thirds of the country's 
sixty million people live at or below the 
poverty level of 150,000 rials a year, or 
about $100. Inflation is at thirty percent 
a month and one-third of the people suf- 
fer some form of malnutrition, accord- 
ing to the Iranian paper Salam. Oil, 
which accounts for ninety percent of 
Iran's revenue, is selling for as low as fif- 
teen dollars a barrel. Out of economic 
necessity more women are in the work 
force and challenging the system. And 
they are becoming disillusioned. 

The government has responded with 
what it calls "sweeping reform" and 
"equality" for women. Dress codes have 
eased, divorce is legal, and women can 
now study engineering and accounting. 
New "opportunities" for women are 
showcased and a few, hand-picked 
females have been placed in high-profile 
positions. But according to Saadatmand, 
this reform is superficial. 

"The courts will only reluctantly 
approve a woman's request for divorce," 
she said. "And only the husband can 
claim the children in the case of divorce. 
In the event of his death, his family gets 
custody of the children. Mothers can 
qualify as capable guardians under very 

special conditions. And single women 
cannot enter professional fields or trav- 
el without the permission of their 
fathers. There are new laws in the 
books, but they are impossible to imple- 
ment. These kinds of changes are not a 
solution to the problem." 

And Saadatmand says the problem 
is not limited to Iran. "All over the world 
women are underappreciated," she said. 
"Patriarchal institutions and values 
have kept women dependent on men. 
But in Iran, what exacerbates this is the 
Islamic point of view." 

"When you are a girl, your parents 
take care of you. When you get married 
your husband is responsible for taking 
care of you. Your entire life you are sup- 
posed to let others take care of you. But 
you know that reality is different. If you 
are economically dependent on anybody, 
you are not in a good situation." 

Saadatmand assesses the govern- 
ment's policies in terms of academic 
grades. "The current president and cabi- 
net are not much different than any oth- 
ers have been," she said. "When it comes 
to the treatment of women, they are 
flunking. They have flunked the course." 

In the midst of all this depressing 
news, there is an ironic note: one tiny 
group of Iranian women has gained a lit- 
tle as a result of the revolution. Under 
the Shah's rule, their husbands would 
not allow them to go anywhere except to 
the mosque. The highly religious sup- 
porters of the Islamic regime now have 
a new social activity — anti-western 
demonstrations. While these women 
chant their slogans and grimace for the 
satellites, the slow fire of discontent 
smolders in the streets of Tehran. 



Right: Portrait of My Beautiful Wife; Mixed media 

Far right: Buttonman ■ A Contemporary Voodoo Piece; 

Mixed media 

Below: Woman with Pail of Fish on Her Head; Mixed media 



lensen, associate professor of art, believes that 
ic development directly coincides with self- 
wareness. His awe at the biological complexity of 
an life prompts Jensen to sculpt stunning figures — 
1 with exposed blood vessels, bones, and nerve endings, 
nan beings have all these organs, cells, and systems that 
now very little about," Jensen said. "And yet these things 
is. I hope that my work pushes people, including myself, 
link about how miraculous our bodies and our lives are." 


rop: Horripilating Cat with Pink Pearl Tonguer, Mixed media 

Top right: r/ie Birtli of an Artist, Mixed media 

Right: ne Heart and Soul of Bennie L. Williams; Mixed media 


LEFT: Two Brothers in Barrio I 
ABOVE: Carmen on Pillow 
BELOW: Two Brotliers in Barrio II 


TOP LEFT: The Two Kings 
TOP RIGHT: Nicole as an Icon 
BELOW: John Freddie 

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cally clear 
Linda Jensen's portraits define her 
^artistry. The associate professor of art is 
*v.5ognized around the country and world for 
her hand-colored, n\ixed media photographs 
(above). Whether she is photographing chil- 
dren in the slums of Colombia or outside of a 
church in rural Alabama, Linda Jensen's love of 
subject is apparent. ^^^^^^^^^ 

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Associate Professor 

OF Art 


of academics,^^ 
Lloyd Newbei 
vision and daring ^ 
bring a full day 
out of every dawn. 




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Newberiy waits for sundown in Alaska. 

hen Lloyd 
Newberry arrived at 
Armstrong, he was 
the youngest person ever to receive a 
University of Georgia doctorate in edu- 
cation. He had won National Science 
Foundation fellowships for his gradu- 
ate study No one who knew him then, 
or knows him now as dean of the 
School of Education, would have the 
audacity to assess his intelligence in 
terms of "an IQ of 20" — no one but 
an expert, his wife Martha, who 
watched him last November wrestle a 
berserk whitetail buck to its demise in 
a watery roadside ditch. He was 
dressed in a business suit at the time 
and on his way to work. Although 
Newberry is known for his professional 
daring, this act was more madness 
than machismo to Martha. 

It was not Newberry's first van- 
quishment of a wild "critter" by primi- 
tive means. Two years ago he dis- 
patched a feral 450-pound Russian 
boar. For several days the boar had 
rampaged the Newberrys' property — 
killing pets and terrorizing his 
springer spaniel. 

The Newberrys had just moved 
into their island home, and everything 
was in still in packing boxes. One 
evening Newberry was alarmed by the 

fierce screaming of his feisty spaniel. A 
quick investigation found the boar cor- 
nered under the back steps. All 
Newberry's ammunition was packed 
away, so a Zimbabwe spear was the 
only available weapon against the bris- 
tled beast. 

Outside again, Newberry faced the 
boar's charge. The ironwood shaft was 
sturdy, the hand-sized blade scalpel 
sharp; so it sufficed, but only after a 
thrashing entanglement in which the 
impaled boar hurled Newberry around 
like a flounce as he clung desperately 
to the spear. 

These two intemperate episodes 
in Newberry's hunting ventures, how- 
ever, are atypical. But as an educator, 
Newberry is known for the atypical. 
"He is," says Joseph Adams, dean of 
arts and sciences, "the most efficient, 
unflappable professional I have ever 
known; there's no one Hke him." And 
Newberry's philosophy underlines why 
this hunter, writer, farmer, and preser- 
vationist poet is extraordinary. 

"My philosophy is not 'If it ain't 
broke, don't fix it.' That's a philosophy 
many people have, a simple excuse for 
doing nothing. Not me. I believe even 
though 'It ain't broke,' it can be made 
better. There's no reason to accept 
what may be mediocre. I believe things 

can nearly 
always be 

creed is laced with the adventurer's 
pragmatics. "At Armstrong we are 
about to embark on something that 
will give the college high visibility in 
the education field. For thirty years 
we've been offering orientation to 
teaching, human growth and develop- 
ment, and methods and curriculum. I 
hope that within a year we'll never see 
or hear of those courses on our cam- 
pus again. We will excerpt the salient 
concepts and develop content to 
ensure that public school teachers will 
function at their best." 

Proposals are being viritten to 
apply distance learning technology to 
professional development and put in 
satellite programs all over the state to 
enhance speech pathology and other 
disciplines. The best practice concepts 
from around the nation will be 
applied. "We are seeing to it that our 
teachers are more professional, more 
accountable, more confident in peda- 
gogy and subject matter than they 
have ever been. We are embarking on 
something that will shake up teacher 



education in Georgia," he says. 

Though counter to popular con- 
sensus, Newberry's ideas have won 
practical support. In the last year he 
and his faculty have been awarded 
nearly a million dollars in grant money 
for distance learning, minority pro- 
grams, and teacher preparation for 
military retirees, a group that 
Newberry says will enrich the teaching 

Many of the 3000 who have left 
the miUtary since 1987 are teaching or 
completing teacher-education pro- 
grams. Often they are minority males 
with strong backgrounds in mathemat- 
ics and science. In terms of personnel 
and curriculum, these retirees fill a 
great need in public education. 

Given these circumstances and 
the proximity of two active military 
bases to Armstrong, Newberry and his 
colleagues designed programs leading 
to teacher licensure in the fields of 
middle school, secondary mathemat- 
ics, social studies, English, and sci- 
ence. Directed toward military person- 
nel with baccalaureate degrees, these 
programs are approved by the Georgia 
Professional Standards Commission 
(PSC). In cooperation with the U.S. 
Army at Ft. Stewart and the Liberty 
County School System, the School of 
Education set up advisory and evalua- 
tive standards to suit the particular 
.needs of these students without com- 
promising quality. The program 
includes open-ended, field-based 
practicums and allows the substitu- 
tion of documented, military experi- 
ence for college-classroom instruction. 

The first fifty graduates were 
licensed and ready for employment 
this spring. The program is so well- 
designed that statewide and national 
attention and support are intense. In 
fact, Leroy Erwin, chairman of the 
education committee of the Military 
Transition Council, has secured addi- 
tional funds to sustain the program 
and project it as a prototype for other 

colleges and universities. Newberry 
has been requested to select other 
program sites and explain the details 
of the Armstrong operation in and out- 
side of the state. Following the com- 
mencement of the Georgia programs, 
ten additional states will receive fund- 
ing for their own projects. 

These first-of-a-kind, one-of-a- 
kind operations are virtually routine 
for Newberry. He is "always cranking 
things out, he's a visionary," explains 
Bettye Ann Battiste, director of 
instruction and curriculum in the 
School of Education. "He never stops," 
observes Frank A. Butler, vice presi- 
dent of academic affairs. "He must 
sleep only about twenty minutes a 
night." Butler's observation sounds 
believable. Once Newberry was seen 
arriving on campus at 7:00 A.M. with a 
cooler full of speckled trout he caught 
earlier in the day. 

Since 1989 the School of 
Education's teacher training produc- 
tivity has risen from fourteenth to sev- 
enth among the thirty-three statewide 
programs. This ranking surpasses sev- 
eral schools historically ahead of 
Armstrong in teacher production, but, 
says Newberry, "that's only a measure 
of quantity. 1 much prefer to talk in 
terms of quality." For example, a 
decade of a 95% success rate on the 
first testing on the Georgia Teacher's 
Certification Test (GTCT) is a touch- 
stone. It represents to Newberry the 
excellence of his faculty as well as 
their strong collaborative effort with 
arts and sciences. These student per- 
formances enhance the historic kin- 
ship between the arts and sciences 
and education preparation programs 
begun under William Stokes, now 
assistant dean of education. 

Downplaying his own role, Stokes 
speaks glowingly of his colleague. 
"Lloyd is such an excellent leader," 
Stokes says. "Working from his back- 
ground in biology, he has made inno- 
vations we scarcely considered." 

Joseph Adams agrees, adding that the 
historic strength of the teacher prepa- 
ration program has always been a cor- 
relative to the solid arts and sciences' 
component. "You can tell how good 
that 95% passrate is," Newberry says, 
with the timbre of successful competi- 
tion rising in his easy voice, "because 
back when the state reported compar- 
isons we were the highest for about 
four years. But everybody used it 'too' 
politically, so they quit reporting it 
that way." He chuckles confidently. 
"That 95%, though, must be one of the 
highest in the state. The favorable 
reaction of the National Council for 
the Association of Teacher Education 
(NCATE) to our passing percentage 
makes me think we are still at the top, 
or close to it." 

You can bet on it. Get out your big 
bills. Prepare for a bonanza because 
it's not much of a gamble to wager 
that Newberry and this School of 
Education are at the top, or near it. 
Close your eyes. Stretch out your 
longest imaginaiy, far-reaching fingers 
into the secret, dark educational poke 
where NCATE ever probes the pot- 
pourri of ideals and deeds of a college. 
Grasp something firmly and ^^dthdraw 
it from the bag. No matter what. You 
can relax. You've won the bet. 

Here's one benchmark you will 
have: NCATE accreditation in 1992. 
"Very few of the nation's schools and 
their student teachers are accredited," 
Newbeny explains, "because NCATE is 
so demanding." And only 60% of those 
who apply under the new standards 
receive acceptance. Just 35% are 
accredited on the first tiy. Armstrong's 
national recognition is relatively rare, 
for less than one college in three is 
NCATE accredited. "You see," 
Newbeny says, "not only does this 
agency's sanction establish the credi- 
bility of our program and graduates, 
but it is a significant objective mea- 
sure of our arts and sciences' school as 
well. It all adds up to better public 

service; the main reason we have for 
being here is to better sei-ve the pub- 

Another benchmark Newberry and 
his colleagues like to publicize is the 
high professional profiles of student 
teachers in local and surrounding 
school systems. "In 1992 more than 
half of the Chatham County Teacher 
of the Year nominees were our gradu- 
ates; and 1 know nine or ten of them 
have recently been Teachers of the 
Year in both local and coastal schools. 
I haven't done a comparative analysis, 
but that's a remarkable percentage." 
"Remarkable" is a word Newberry uses 
with discernment, care, and accuracy 
The hunter's patient and discriminat- 
ing eye is ever at work as he inwardly 
scans the various scapes of faculty, 
student, and personal achievement. 

Newberry prefaces his observa- 
tions with remarks about the excel- 
lence among the faculty in the School 
of Education. And he seems especially 
proud of the service programs — such 
as the Reader's Digest-Dewitt Wallace 
grant, a $600,000 funding to train 
minority paraprofessionals to become 

And then there's the collaborative 
teacher preparation program with 
Savannah State, also designed to get 
more minorities into teaching. "We 
worked with Savannah State faculty to 
develop subject area degree programs, 
then we carry education courses over 
there and students graduate with a 
Savannah State degree." It's a specific 
program to ensure that the exchange 
is done in an orderly and constructive 
fashion "to maximize the benefits for 
students who we can recommend once 
they pass the test for licensure. A lot 
of people are looking hard at this pro- 
gram because it's a first." 

Benchmark here, benchmark 
there, benchmark everywhere. For 
many years the Student Georgia 
Association of Education (SGAE) 
chapter has been ranked as outstand- 

ing in competitions with other state 
groups. There are thirty-three public 
and private teacher education pro- 
grams in the state, and Armstrong's 
SGAE won first place for most growth 
in the last year. Cynical and negative 
wags in non-professional schools on 
college campuses are occasionally 
wont to smirk and wax sarcastic about 
education students and schools. 
Always a disgruntled minority, such 
voices are quickly withered by the 
white heat of accomplishment in the 
School of Education at Ai'mstrong. 

When Newberry was in the sev- 
enth grade, his father (at Newberry's 
request) brought him biology texts to 
read: "After that the only thing 1 ever 
wanted to do was go to college and 
study biology and learn more about 
the behavior of animals; so 1 finally 
decided that teaching these courses 
would mesh well with what 1 was 
interested in." Newberry began his 
professional career teaching environ- 
mental science and training science 
teachers. "My interests in wildlife and 
biological sciences run a parallel 
course," says Newberry who regularly 
publishes articles and stories in both 
areas. "1 was raised hunting. 1 like to 
hunt. But it's more of an excuse now 
than anything else because most of 
the trips involve studying the land, the 
tundra, the south Georgia woods, the 
African plain. Ninety-nine percent of 
the trip is studying the environment, 
animal behavior, the ecology." 

On his last safari to Africa, 
Newberry used nine rolls of film in 
four days. Twenty-five rolls were then 
air-dropped, packed in a huge foam 
rubber ball that bounced forty feet in 
the air after hitting the ground. He 
used all the film on wildebeest, a 
rhino that chased him up an acacia 
tree, wart hogs, impala, sable, kudu, 
buffalo — every fauna and flora 
beyond the imaginable for those of us 
who live further away from the edge 
than Newberry does. 

Notice how easy it is to abstract 
from Newberry's hunting philosophy, 
childhood memories, and educational 
ideology those words and concepts 
which define and characterize him: 
management, observation, patience, 
decisiveness, fascination with learn- 
ing, innovative risk-taking. The adven- 
turer, the educator, the scholar-poet- 
stoiyteller, hunter-fisher, preservation- 
ist. Newberry's personal diaries, pho- 
tos, stories, and poems tell a lifelong 
tale of a man who loves his work and 
play with equal success and passion. 

My object in living is to unite 
My avocation and my vocation 
As my two eyes make one in sight. 
Only where love and need are one, 
And the work is play for mortal 

Is the deed ever really done 
For heaven and the future's sake. 
From Tivo Tramps at 
Mud-Time by Robert Frost 

Epilogue: Picture Lloyd Newberry 
crouched in a tight hunting blind in a 
leadwood tree in the Zambezi valley. 
Two A.M. — A killer leopard has 
taken two children from a village 
near the camp. A warm fire and 
congenial company are in the thick 
distance. The bait 'is set thirty yards 
away on the crusty arm of a 
mahogany tree. The air is dense ink. 
Bushbabies, ghoulish hyenas, and 
baboons chatter-bark the moon. 
Newberry dozes lightly, his telescopic 
Sako 375 akilter his thighs. He sudden- 
ly awakens as if a presence has 
descended. Peeking from the blind, he 
sees the fluid motion of the lean, 
almost sensual killer ^- sleeker than 
velvet, the most beautiful of cats, like 
water whispering flat rocks gliding. 
The rifle's crosshairs rest on the big 
cat's shoulder Touch the trigger, now. 
The leopard tumbles into the crisp 
brush below. Thrashing. Thrashing. 
Silence. — RS 


Back to the Best: 

Homecoming 1994 
was a grand suc- 
cess. More than 
150 alumni gathered to 
revisit their alma mater, 
reminisce with classmates, 
and discover the new 
Armstrong of the 1990s. 
The magnificent Armstrong 
mansion was the inaugural 
site of festivities which set 
the tone for the entire 
weel^end. Events included 
a reunion luncheon, golf 
tournament, barbeque 
supper, and a late-evening 
jazz concert. 

Next year Armstrong 
celebrates Homecoming on 
February 10 and 11. 
We invite you to join us. 


tiomecoming ^94 


The Alumni Golf 
Tournament was held 
on the fairways of 
Southbridge Golf 


Alumni and friends 
enjoyed the evening 
reception at the 
elegant Armstrong 


President and Mrs. 
Burnett "cut the 
rug" during the jazz 
concert on Saturday. 

1\:a ■ 

Founder Still 
an Idealist 

s much as anyone, 
ANNE STEWART ('68) knows the importance 
of leaving. 

But even she is having trouble. 

She cried three months ago when she 
wrote her resignation as director of Hospice 
Savannah. She cringed when she tried to picture 
retirement. She wondered how she can stay 
involved with the fledgling organization and not 
be in the way. 

"I don't want to be a ghost here," Stewart 

This is a woman who read A Tree Grows in 
Brooklyn when she was young and held on to the 
feeling of hope. This is a woman who, when she 
returned to college, studied pioneer social 
reformer Jane Adam's Hull House, an early set- 
tlement house in Chicago, and thought maybe 
she could make a similar contribution. 

"I really do believe we can help people. It's 
just that most of us don't get the opportunity," 
she said. "But when people let us enter their 
lives, like at Hospice, it's truly a privilege for the 
rest of us." 

This is a theme Stewart, 63, repeats often. 
At a recent monthly memorial service for mourn- 
ers, she addressed friends and family members. 

"Thank you for the privilege of letting us get 
to know you," she said. "It's OK to cry. Its OK to 
let the grief come." 

Then, sitting down, she reached under her 
glasses and wiped away her own tears. 

The purpose of hospice is to improve the 
quality of life for terminally ill patients and their 
families. Treatment can occur in a patient's 
home or at the residence, known as Hospice 



To qualify for home care a patient must 
have a life expectancy of six months or less, for 
residency three months or less. Nearly ninety-five 
percent of the patients have cancer. 

Much of Stewart's work with hospice 
stemmed from the death of her parents. 

"I tried to do hospice before hospice," she 

Her mother, who helped everyone, Stewart 
said, died at home of cancer. And her father, 
who suffered three strokes, died two months 

After her parents' death, Stewart, who was 
reared in downtown Savannah on Jones Street, 
attended Armstrong State College, as part of the 
first wave of older people to return to college and 
graduated summa cum laude in 1968. 

Then she ran for and won a position on the 
Savannah-Chatham County school board, making 
her the first woman in the county elected to polit- 
ical office, she said. 

Sen/ing on the board during integration was 
painful for her. 

"I'm an idealist to this day. I was devastat- 
ed by the white flight to private schools and was 
left with the question of whether or not I would 
be allowed to be useful," she said. 

For the next few years, Stewart worked with 
the Hodge Day Care Center at Fellwood Homes, 
the retired volunteer program of the Senor Citizen 
Center, and the Community Mental Health 
Center, the organization that proceeded 

It was then she started reading the works 
of Elizabeth Kubler Ross, one of the first people 
to write about unresolved grief and the impor- 
tance of dying with dignity. 

In 1978, while serving on the United Way 
Health Planning Council, Stewart took a leave of 
absence from the mental health center and head- 
ed a United Way task force on health. 

And that is where the idea for Hospice 
Savannah started, a concept that at the time 
revolved around home care, a method that still 
exists. The idea has since expanded into care at 
a central location, such as the house on 
Eisenhower Drive. 

"We made it up as we went," Stewart said. 
"Now there's a form and a regulation for every- 
thing. But back then it was the patients and the 
families who taught us." 

In 1979, the first volunteer training session 
was held. Seventy-five people showed up. At the 
last training session, there were 168, a volun- 
teer for every patient and family member. 

Currently, Hospice Savannah treats ten 
patients at the central residence and twenty-eight 
patients at their homes. Hospice House can han- 
dle fifteen. 

"We started with five cents and two donat- 
ed rooms at the senior citizen building on Bull 
Street," Stewart said. This year the budget is 
over $1 million. Last May, the organization 
moved to its new home. 

The majority of the costs are covered by 
Medicare and Medicaid with the United Way con- 
tributing $65,000, Chatham County $12,000 and 
the City of Savannah $6,000. 

Patients are charged on a sliding fee scale, 
but no one is ever turned away, Stewart said. 

To Stewart, preparation for a meaningful 
death comes when "you recognize you can't con- 
tinue living and aggressive medical treatments 
are no longer effective." 

But it's the families of the dying patients 
that concern her as well as the patients. Often, 
the patients are worried about who is left behind, 
she said. 

"They want to know that their family mem- 
bers will have someone to talk to." 

Stewart is delighted with the new facility — 
the eight-foot sliding windows in every room, the 
donated piano, the gardens that volunteers tend, 
the debt-free status of the building, and the fact 
that patients can choose when they want to be 
bathed, in the morning or the afternoon. 

She's pleased with the facility's hydro tub, 
the artwork that volunteers and family members 
donate, the fact that children can climb on the 
bed of the patient, that cats can visit their own- 
ers, that there are no visiting hours, that Hospice 
stays in touch with family members for at least a 
year after the death of their relatives. 

And she loves things like the Halloween 
party of last October, a recent bedside wedding, 
and the ice machine's shaved ice allowing 
patients to make their own syrup-flavored snow- 

But Stewart is not a woman to stay satis- 
fied for long. 

She'll be much happier when the Hospice 
expands to embrace other counties, like Bryan 
and Effingham, and starts a family-respite pro- 
gram where patients can spend a weekend at 
the facility. 

And she'll rest much easier when Hospice 
institutes a bereavement support group for 
adults, one for children in schools, and a widow- 
to-widow program. 

Basically she'd like to feel more people 
knew about the facility and what it offers. 

"I'm saddened that more people don't take 
advantage of what we have," she said. 

For the ancient Greeks, the important thing 
about life was a good death, Stewart said. 

"That meant a recognition that life had 
meaning. It was a mending and healing of old 
wounds, a time to let people know what they 
meant to one another, a time to come together. 

"It really is the final stage of growth, she 
said. "I had one person say the last year of his 
life was the best year of his life." 

— Jane Fishman 

This article was published May 4, 1993 in the 
Savannah Morning News and reprinted with per- 

From Vietnam 
to Armstrong 

Last year we received a very moving 
letter from Joe Jones (75) about his 
Armstrong experience. 

t occurs to me to pay a moral 
debt. The faculty at Armstrong, 
through superior teaching, excel- 
lent example, and personal con- 
cern, has altered my life for the 
better. Since graduating from 
Armstrong State College in 1975, 
I have acquired two M.A. degrees 
and a Ph.D. in ancient Greek philosophy. To say 
that Armstrong prepared me for graduate study 
seems a bit of an understatement. 

My purpose in coming to Armstrong in the 
fall of 1972 was crude. I wanted power. The way 
to power for me was through degrees. I could 
have cared less about real education, i never 
again wanted to feel as powerless as I had felt 
during the preceding twenty-one months, which I 
had spent as an enlisted man in Southeast Asia. 
Two months before arriving on campus, I had 
assisted in abandoning DaNang Air Force Base 
to the South Vietnamese. Two weeks before, I 
had mustered out under threat of recall for 
Electronic Countermeasures training. Looking 
back, remembering the fear, the horror, the 
pointlessness, I am more grateful than ever for 
Armstrong. But let it also be known that I arrived 
a psychological mess, hypervigilant and untrust- 
ing in the extreme. 

The first thing that struck me was a man 
named Killorin. I will never forget sitting in that 
first philosophy class, stunned at the notion that 
this man thought and talked about interesting 
things for a living. I grew up on military bases 
and satisfied a four-year military obligation. The 
peculiar will for dominance, even violence, of 
family and friends in those settings had never 
allowed me to think for a moment that such a 
life could be practically successful. A feeling of 
wanting to be like him slowly overwhelmed me. 
Over the next several quarters, my definition of 
power changed as Dr. Killorin forced me to con- 
front Socrates' predicament, Hobbes and Locke 
on social contract, and Kant on personal ethics, 
just to name a few. More than any warm, person- 
al relationship, though I consider us friends now. 
Dr. Killorin modeled for me the way educated 
people speak. My mimicry became skill in time, 
and has done a great deal for me. 

The second gift which I received from 
Armstrong was the theater. Between the efforts 
of the Savannah Little Theater and the Armstrong 
Masquers, I became capable of social interac- 
tion. Friends of my brother told me before I grad- 
uated from Armstrong that when I had just 


returned from Vietnam they were convinced that I 
was addicted to a narcotic — so strange was my 
interaction with people and my physical environ- 
ment. I am not sure there was, for me, any differ- 
ence between people and my physical environ- 
ment then. Through exhausting rehearsals in 
which even my natural speech patterns were 
changed, directors Starrs and Suchhower forced 
me to think about the impression I was giving to 
an audience through my body language and man- 
ner of speech. The training resulted in my capaci- 
ty to convey intended messages in public and pri- 
vate. My life is immeasurably better as a result 
of these people's attention and expertise. 

"Okay, so, the faculty does their job well," 
you might say. "That is to be expected, isn't it?" 
Well, in a way. If you have lived very long and 
done very much, you become quite grateful for 
excellent performances when even it is part of 
the job description. And I am not finished yet. I 
have saved Chuck Shipley till last precisely 
because what he did for me was beyond his 
obligation as a teacher. 

As a senior, I decided I would do graduate 
work in philosophy. Graduate departments 
around the country informed me that some exper- 
tise in logic is required. I enrolled in Dr. Shipley's 
mathematical logic class. There were four of us, 
three math majors and me. One math major got 
an "A," two got "C"s, and I wasn't even on the 
grading scale. Dr. Shipley though it was fairly odd 
that I presented as well as I now did, had the 
grade point average I had, and couldn't get it. 
We talked for a long time, and he gave me an 
"I," which allowed me to continue meeting with 
him the next quarter. I am all but certain he did 
this without recompense as an overload to his 
normal teaching schedule. About three weeks 
into the next quarter, the light bulb came on for 
me. This was a game, like chess or war, not 
something heavy with significance as I thought. 
Suddenly I was performing so well that Dr. 
Shipley gave me an "A" and told me to go away. 
To understand that this was not wasted effort, 
nor questionable standards, witness that I sub- 
sequently took a three-quarter graduate 
sequence in the Foundations of Mathematics 
with Dr. Hilbert Levitz at Florida State University. 
Forty-two people started the sequence, which 
was required for graduate students in computer 
science. Twelve of us survived, six philosophy 
students and six computer science students. 
Dr. Levitz told me that I was perhaps the best 
student he had seen in the last eight or ten 
years and served on my dissertation reading 
committee. Thank you. Dr. Shipley. 

Well, I feel better. I have owed these peo- 
ple debts of gratitude for a long time. If, in the 
end, we are all brought together in a place such 
as that described by Plato's Socrates toward the 
end of the Phaedo, i would be pleased to enjoy 
forever the company of those mentioned here. 
You know, it seems that I am still interested in 
power. I teach philosophy to young people, not to 
mention more and more older people, and I take 
this to be powerful. From this letter, you can see 
why. If it ever were appropriate for me to repre- 
sent Armstrong to any particular individual, I 
would be most happy to be of service. -JOE JONES 


Smith Active in 

ALVIE SMITH ('43) retired as director of corpo- 
rate communications for General Motors in 
1988. Since then Alvie has remained active in 
both professional and charity work. His book 
Innovative Employee Communication: New 
Approaches to Improving Trust, Teamwork, and 
Performance is in its fourth printing and is the 
number one text in the field. Alvie wrote to us 
that he "had a very rough childhood in Savannah 
and a small $210 scholarship to Armstrong 
(which paid my tuition for two years, believe it or 
not) was the life preserver which allowed me to 
pull myself out of the gutter and on to a success- 
ful career, a wonderful family, and other good 
things of life." 

Help Us Recover 
Our Past 

JANET STONE, associate professor of history, is writing a formal history of the college and 
needs information, items, and stories about Armstrong. In the upheaval of the move from his- 
toric downtown Savannah, much of the memorabilia of Armstrong's early days disappeared. 
We would like to recover as many of these physical mementos as possible and display them 
on campus. Please let us know if you have any Armstrong materials. Write to Stone at 11935 
Abercom Street, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997 or call 912/927-5283. 

('80, '83) is putting together a multi- 
cultural youth organization in Savannah 
and would like alumni and students to 
participate in the endeavor. The mission 
of the organization is to enhance aware- 
ness, understanding, appreciation, and 
tolerance of the diverse cultures in 
Savannah. Contact Barbara at 912/927- 
8484 for more information. 



N O T E 


HERBERT G. GRIFFIN, JR. ('42) was a naval air 
corporal in World War II. After the war, Herbert 
became the credit manager and corporate secre- 
tary for Colonial Oil Industries until his retirement 
in 1987. He is president of Chatham Nursing 
Home and is on the Red Cross Board of 
Directors. In 1963 Herbert was awarded the 
Oglethorpe Trophy as Savannah's outstanding cit- 
izen. While at Armstrong, he received the 
Herschel V. Jenkins Trophy for work in recreation. 
In 1942, he was the editor of the 'Geechee, 
Armstrong's yearbook. 

AlVIE L SMITH ('43) retired in 1988 as director 
of corporate communications for General Motors 
after a thirty-two year career. Alvie now works as 
a communication consultant with United 
Technologies, Motor Insurance Corporation, U.S. 
Veterans Health Administration, and several 
youth and community non-profit organizations. 
Since retirement he has authored two books. 
Innovative Employee Communications: New 
Approaclies to Trust, Teamwork and Performance 
was published in 1991 by Prentice Hall. It is the 
number one text in the field. Alvie is married and 
has three children and four grandchildren. 

EDWIN B. FOUNTAIN ('49) served as an officer 
in the United States Air Force. Following his stint 
in the air force, Edwin concentrated on theatre 
activities and graduated from the American 
Theatre Wing in New York. He designed sets, 
costumes, and lighting off-broadway, acted and 
wrote plays, performed in New York theatres, and 
worked in film in Hollywood and New York. Edwin 
is also an antique book, photograph, and art col- 
lector. He is now the pastor of a church in 
Kentucky. Edwin published two major religious 
articles and poetry in anthologies. He taught at 
Lexington Baptist College and was the director of 
library services at Tennessee Temple University 
in Chattanooga. 

MAURICE MAGEE ('50) works in the mining 
industry as a consulting economic geologist in 
Tuscon, Arizona. 

JOHN F. CANTY ('53) retired from the New 
Orleans Library after thirty years of sen/ice as a 
library technician. John graduated cum laude with 
a B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans in 

ANN PERKINS DELAHE ('54) works as a senior 
consultant for Diversity Consultants in Atlanta. 

ANDREA ROUNTREE ('64) is an assistant pro 
fessor of art at the College of St. Francis in 
Joliet, Illinois. Andrea is a member of ARC 
Gallery and is an exhibiting artist in major shows 
including "The Chicago Show," Chicago Cultural 
Center, 1990; "The Toronto/Chicago Exchange," 
Toronto, 1992; "Soul and Image," ARC Gallery, 
Chicago, 1993; and "Sacred and Profane Art," 
Suburban Fine Arts Center, 1994. 

ANNE STEWART ('68) retired last year from 
Hospice Savannah. Anne helped establish 
Hospice Savannah in 1979 and served as the 
center's director. Anne's retirement was featured 
in a front page story of the Savannah Morning 
News in May. 

PATRICK G. MAHANY ('69) retired in 1991 
after forty years with the U.S. government. 
Patrick was a supervising chemist with the U.S. 
Customs Service. 

JAMES L COLEMAN ('69) is an instructional 
systems specialist with the U.S. Air Force 
Extension Course Institute. James was recently 
named team leader for a group of instructional 
systems specialists who review air force career 
development courses for grammar, content, and 
educational soundness. 

JULIAN VAN DYKE, JR. (72) received his mas 
ter of science degree in systems management 
from the University of Southern California in 
1987. He is currently the president of three cor- 
porations; JAFGD Service Inc., Temperature 
Systems, Inc., and Airtemp, Inc. His wife, Marie, 
is enrolled at Savannah Tech in the mechanical 
and electrical engineering technology program; 
his daughter, Christina, will receive her English 
degree this year from Armstrong (she has been 
accepted to Clemson University's graduate pro- 
gram); and his son, Stephen, is a sophomore at 
St. Andrew's. Julian is also on the advisory board 
of Savannah Tech's mechanical and electrical 
technology associate degree program. 

JOE FRANK JONES, III ('75) is an assistant pro 
fessor of philosophy at Barton College in Wilson, 
North Carolina. 

DANIEL DAVID REYNOLDS ('76, '85) is deputy 
chief of the Savannah Police Department. 

JOE DUCKWORTH {'77) recently moved to 
Augusta to take the position of terminal manager 
at Schwerman Trucking Company, a tank truck 
transporting company. His family lives in 
Richmond Hill. Joe also owns an insurance busi- 

NESBIT-FERRIS ('79) are the proud parents of 
Charles Walker Nesbit Ferris, born August 1993. 


a case manager coordinator and co-director of a 
multicultural organization in Savannah. Barbara 
writes that she loves travel, music, movies, walk- 
ing, and being around family and friends. She 
has a sixteen-year-old son. 

HOWARD E. SPIVA ('80) practices law and 
advises Savannah high school and college stu- 
dents interested in law careers. Howard con- 
ducts seminars to show students how to over- 
come academic and financial problems in college 
and law school. 

RONALD ROBERTS ('80, '85) is operations 
manager and group loss prevention manager at 
Belk of Savannah and Hilton Head. 

LYNN A. DRAKE ('81) works as director of 
music at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church. 

JOEY W. SIKES ('81) is a junior programmer 
analyst for Savannah-Chatham Public Schools. 

TAMMY JENKINS ('82) lives in Lawrenceville 
and is a part-time dental hygienist. Tammy has 
three daughters and has been married for thir- 
teen years. 

ARTHUR W. HOWE ('84) continues to work hard 
in 8th AFHS. Art.hur is helping efforts to build the 
"Mighty 8th Heritage Center" in Pooler. His hob- 
bies, woodworking and wood carving, fit around 
his senior networking computer course. 

CATHERINE PALUMBO ('86) was employed after 
graduation as the Chatham County jury manager. 
In November 1990, Catherine took the position 
as director of judicial operations for Superior 
Court. She is on Armstrong's alumni board, is a 
director of the Savannah Jaycees, and sen/es on 
the Department of Children and Youth Services 
Advisory Council. 

STACEY THOMAS BOLTON ('86, '92) is a 

teacher at South Effingham Elementary School. 
She received her master's degree in early ele- 
mentary education in 1992. Stacey and her hus- 
band, Eric, have two children: Erica, born in 
1991, and Olivia, born in 1993. She is a mem- 
ber of Pi Mu Epsilon, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi 


high school biology teacher for the Effingham 
County Board of Education. Yvonne is a sponsor 
of Students for Environmental Awareness and 
received the Tandy Technology Scholar Award 

ANNEHE BEEBE HAYMAN ('87, '93) is 

employed by St. Joseph's Hospital as a regis- 
tered nurse. In 1993 Annette received her mas- 
ter of science degree in nursing with specialty in 
clinical nursing and administration. She was 
named outstanding M.S.N, student by Georgia 
Southern and was the 1992-93 recipient of the 
Professional Nurse Traineeship. 

DAVID S. BRELAND ('88) is president of the 
Coastal Empire Data Processing Management 
Association. David is in his final year of study 
toward his M.B.A. at Georgia Southern. He works 
as a senior programmer/analyst with SEPCO. 

CARMEN ADAIR STOWERS ('90) is employed as 
a dental hygienist for Stan Childers. 

MICHAEL CANICAni ('90) lives in Cocoa Beach, 
Flohda, and is an electrical engineer for NASA. 


married Alberto Acevedo in October 1993. 
Christine is still searching for a job that has 
something to do with her degrees in art and psy- 
chology. She has received favorable comments 
about her collages and wire sculpture artwork. 

SUSAN M. LOPER ('92) works as a kindergarten 
teacher at Spencer Elementary for the Savannah- 
Chatham County Board of Education. 

LYNDA EVANS-TAYLOR ('93) "loves" her first 
nursing job as nurse manager on the Magnolia 
Wing at Chatham Nursing Home. Lynda oversees 
the care of eighty residents and is proud to final- 
ly have her degree. 

ROBERT RAY ASHLEY {'69) - April 14, 1979 


August 29, 1991 


BLANTON BLACK ('75) - April 25, 1992 




October 25, 1991 



MARY STONE GRIFFIN ('76) - November 5, 1992 






ELIZABETH LINK HOWELL ('75) - July 26, 1993 


DONALD LELAND JAMES ('54) - April 2, 1991 



July 28, 1990 


PATRICIA ANN BAKER KEA (attended '91, '93) - 

July 31, 1993 





ELDORA G. MANNING ('78) - July 17, 1993 

MARY E. MATHEWS - July 17, 1993 


FRANK HANNAH MELSON (attended '50-'53, '55- 

'56) - May 23, 1971 





August 1, 1993 




('44) - May 26, 1992 




April 10, 1989 






HAROLD SUTKER ('37) - October 23, 1988 




HARRY THOMAS WALL ('68) - August 1, 1993 


August 11, 1987 



W F, D D I :S G S 




Dewey Kinchen - June 11, 1993 

September 5, 1993 

TRAGI DENISE LOVE ('92) to David Alan 


Rogers - August 14, 1993 

Willard - May 22, 1993 


ANN MARIE AYCOCK ('78) to John Hugh 

Darlene Michelle Williams - August 15, 

Seckinger - May 22, 1993 



BECKY MAYER ('90) to Herbie Murray - July 

STUART HARVEY ('92) - July 16, 1993 

3, 1993 

DANIEL FRANCIS BARTA ('83) to Sheryl Ann 


Ortiz - November 21, 1992 

Yolima C. Lafaurie - August 14, 1993 

SAGE BROWN ('75) to Patricia C. McCoy - 


May 29, 1993 

Michael Bobel - May 8, 1993 

D. SHAWN CLEMENTS ('93) to Roxanne Rae 


Brown - June 19, 1993 

Wendi Stephanie Adams - October 16, 1993 i 


SHERRI LYNN OWENS ('92) to Thomas 

Wilson - May 19, 1993 

Dean Synder - June 26, 1993 ■ 

AUDRA DAVIS ('89) to Mark John Campbell - 


January 9, 1993 

Walpole Welch - June 5, 1993 

SUSAN DENISE DAVIS ('88) to John Gerard 


Rosen III - May 29, 1993 

O'BRIEN ('91) - August 14, 1993 

1 RENA LEE DUKES ('90) to Frank V. Turner - 

TONYA SHARPE RIDDLE ('87) to David Cass 

September 11, 1993 

Murphy -May 22, 1993 



Cheree Gaddy - December 12, 1992 

William Wyatt Clarke - August 7, 1993 

KEVIN SHAWN FISCHER ('88) to Yvonne 


Michelle Younger - October 1993 

Estelie Madison - Apnl 3, 1993 

STEVEN PERRY FULTON ('82) to Kathleen 

TERESA ANN SHUMAN ('86) to Alan John 

Marie Moore - July 11, 1993 

Lockett - June 19, 1993 

KIM FUTCH ('92) to Dennis McDonald - July 


3, 1993 

Robert Allan McCann - March 27, 1993 



Douglas White - August 7, 1993 

LYNN FOGARTY ('87) - September 30, 1993 

CHRISTINE E. HEINRICH ('91,'92) to Alberto 


Acevedo - October 1993 

Gabriel Rappe - May 22, 1993 

ROBIN HlOn ('77) to Peter Byron Nichols - 


Apnl 24, 1993 

DROWN ('91) - March 20, 1993 


DR. JERRY K. WILLIAMS, JR. ('87) to Terri 

Oliver Dunston - AphI 3, 1993 

Lynn Fox - June 19, 1993 

MICHAEL KEITH JENKINS ('92) to Loh Louise 

Anderson - June 26, 1993 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joan Schwartz, President, Bette Jo Krapf, 
Vice President/Scliolarship; Sallie Boyles, Vice President/Speciai Events; Gail Dugger, Treasurer; 
Director of Alumni Affairs, Secretary; Fran Arnsdorff, Heidi Becker, Julius Benton Jr., Grace Burke, 
Vernell Cutter, Mildred Derst, Glenn Dugger, Pamela Nesbit-Ferris, Mitchell Freeman, Joyce Guile, 
Joy Kleeman, Helen McCracken, Lee Meyer, Catherine Palumbo, Robert Persse, Mark Reavis, 
Kenneth Sellers, Craig Vickery. 

We want to hear from you! Send news for Alumni Line to ttie Director of Alumni Affairs, 
Armstrong State College, 11935 Abercom Street, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997. 


When asked how her faculty planned to use 
new technology in instruction, a college pres- 
ident responded: "They are taking a wait-and- 
see approach. What about your faculty?" "Well, my faculty 
believes it is too soon to take a wait-and-see-attitude." I 
firmly disagree with the philosophy represented in each of 
these remarks because it is already too late to indulge in 
overcautious conservatism. This is no world for the ostrich. 
It does not take a rocket scientist's expertise or a quick 
read of Megatrends to realize the nature of the colossal 
changes now taking place. A vigorous new lexicon of buzz- 
words describes the scene: total quality management, insti- 
tutional effectiveness, access, distance learning, cost con- 
tainment, and a potpourri of other concepts and strategies. 
Cost containment is crucial. Federal and state governments 
and virtually every major 
American business and indus- 
try are downsizing. In higher 
education we cannot expect 
to dine on dollars while cost 
containment proponents are 
pondering financial porridge. 
Such rapid change is 
upon us that no one can pre- 
dict the future with any accu- 
racy But everyone in higher 
education does agree that the 
public is demanding greater 
• accountability. We must pro- 
duce graduates who can com- 
municate, compute, calculate, and think independently — 
and we will have fewer dollars to do it. Cost reduction is a 
real and unrelenting fact, and traditional measures of our 
labor may be reduced to virtually meaningless instruments, 
such as standardized examinations. So we must seize the 
initiative through the intelligent applications of new educa- 
tional technologies which are not mere emerging 
chrysalides. Primarily through our own commitment, these 
technologies have arrived in full flight with the assistance of 
the governor, Georgia Southern University and the Medical 
College of Georgia. 



Education in the 
21st Century 

In 1993 two fully-equipped distance learning classrooms 
were installed at Armstrong. More than 400 computers are 
now in place. Students and faculty use them for a myriad of 
instructional purposes — from word processing, to testing, 
to laboratory simulations. Armstrong is now in the process 
of installing an additional seventy-five computers to place 
on every faculty member's desk, in every student's dorm 
room, and in every administrator's office. 

Yet such technological developments are insignificant 
compared to the educational transmission now crackling in 
the air around us. The number and variety of the so-called . 
"job shops" — institutions of higher education without 
"marble heights" and ivy-covered walls — are increasing at 
a seemingly geometric rate. These "Have-TV-and- 
Computers-Will-Travel" operations are gaining credibility as 

the validity of v/hat they do 
becomes more certifiable. 
Right now in nearly eveiy 
major city in the United 
States, one of these job 
shops, Mind Extension 
University (MEU), can reach 
one-and-a-half million stu- 
dents by means of cable TV 
alone and millions more via 
satellite. Despite its hokey 
name, MEU is a sober acade- 
mic operation. Colorado 
State, Penn State, Universitj' 
of Arizona, and the Library of 
Congress are among the twenty-four renowaied public and 
private institutions being seived by MEU. 

Another of the acronymic marvels is the National 
Technological University (NTU). In our area. Nova 
University, St. Leo, and Central Michigan have some name 
recognition. But NTU is probably unknown, though Georgia 
Tech, Purdue, University of Oklahoma, and MIT are among 
the contributors of coursework delivered by NTU. These 
NTU and MEU affiliates deliver complete undergraduate 
and graduate degree programs twenty-four hours a day sun- 
shine and moonshine, year around. 


Finally, the governor's plan for distance learning capa- 
bilities includes every college and university, every public 
school, every hospital, and every state agency in Georgia. In 
short, the information highway is not just the slick subject 
of the newsweeklies and corporate commercials: access 
roads spring up daily, tolls are already being collected, and 
we are paying, like it or not. 

Let us speculate on the potential such technologies 
offer. We can rail against the changes and make sure we are 
vested in the retirement system; or we can embrace the new 
paradigms, accept their inevitability, and adapt them to our 
particular missions. 

In a recent issue of Innovations in Higher Education, 
Bill Prokasy, vice president of academic affairs at the 
University of Georgia, discusses 
what he calls the "time and space 
independence of learning" — the 
computer-engendered capability of 
adjusting the learning environment 
to accommodate the individual's 
learning style. Though it is possible 
to create a sense of isolation and 
alienation with the use of techno- 
logical learning systems, it is equal- 
ly possible to energize and socialize 
the experience. Students v^th simi- 
lar interests and learning styles 
may link to one another through 
electronic mail. Or they may link 
with their professors to reinforce 
experiences and adjust to the elec- 
tronic new world of the twenty-first 
century. Some traditionalists may 
find this prospect troublesome, 
even disheartening, but to a generation that spends more 
time engaged in video endeavors than in studying for school 
this vision of electronic learning is far from forbidding. 

Consider this exciting possibility. Imagine you are read- 
ing the part of the Duke in Shakespeare's ^45 You Like It, or 
Clytemnestra in Agamemnon. Surrounding you onstage is 
the entire cast of the play — not on a flat screen, but in a 


three-dimensional stage environment. If you dislike the set 
staging or choral movement, just slip another disk into the 
CD player; or direct your own version. 

Traditionally, one of the problems with simulations of 
any kind has been the lack of reality in the surroundings. 
But engaged in the "virtual reality" described above, this 
flaw vaporizes. Suppose you are a professor of respiratory 
therapy trying to involve students in the simulation of a 
patient in cardiac arrest. All at once, the students are in the 
midst of a family in distress. A staff of medical professionals 
is each performing selected tasks to stabilize the victim. A 
life is at risk. The technology to create this and similar sce- 
narios is available today. 

In physics and engineering, for example, the laboratory 
is not only used to teach and 
develop physical principles. 
Spatial and manipulative skills 
are also honed to stimulate the 
powers of observation and intu- 
ition. For these latter skills the 
advantages of simulation are 
dramatically significant. A stu- 
dent can vaiy the parameters of 
the experiment in a matter of 

While observing effects 
and recording data in the stan- 
dard lab, it can be arduous for 
the student to set up the appro- 
priate apparatus in the allotted 
time and simply measure a few 
data points. Therefore, a combi- 
nation of simulation and tradi- 
tional lab work will facilitate the 
teaching of physical principles. And what is useful in the 
physics laboratory can be applied to ensure broader and 
more permanent learning experiences in any discipline. 
Then there's distance learning. One of the legitimate 
objections to TV learning has always been the isolation of 
the experience — the absence of a flesh-and-blood teacher. 
With two-way, interactive video and audio, this problem is 



diminished if not eliminated. And faculty can thrive in this 
medium. But it will be their responsibility to envision 
methodology and apply it aggressively and imaginatively. 
Otherwise the Novas, the MEUs, and the NTUs will take up 
all the slack. Their names may evoke ridicule, but their mis- 
sion is both lively and serious. The results are predictable 
and inevitable. 

Other questions logically arise: Will students in 
Brunswick or Bombay Jesup or Indonesia have access to 
libraries for the research that college courses require? 
"Whether networked to a classroom/laboratory, or a distance 
learning site, or to an individual via modem, the resources 
of libraries v^all be incorporated more 
directly into inquiry and learning than 
they are now," Prokasy says. "Quality 
will be determined in part by the kind 
of access provided to information locat- 
ed elsewhere." One of the reasons these 
"job- shopiversities" are not particularly 
active in Savannah is that they have not 
been able to gain access to a research- 
level library. That barrier, however, will 
be quickly obliterated by technology 
that allows full text and graphics from 
worldwide libraries. Nowhere will the 
effects of the new technology on education be more pro- 
nounced than on the character and scope of libraries. 

Students of the twenty-first century will select from an 
easy menu of international colleges and universities. Only a 
personal preference for campus life will determine the feasi 
bility of leaving home to pursue an education. Competition 
will be ubiquitous. Armstrong State College, for instance, 
will have rivalry not just from Georgia Southern or Valdosta 
State or Nova, or even the University of Georgia, but from 
the University of Chicago, MIT, Hai^vard, Cal Tech, and 
Oxford — both at Ole Miss and in England. 

We must find our own way one suited to the high-quali- 
ty and high-value of our college. The talent and the intellec- 
tual power are assembled, but the college administration 
cannot lead the march. What it can do is devise stimuli to 
assure and support the real energizers of this initiative — 
the faculty. Traditional lecture and laboratory formats 
should not be categorically abandoned. They work too well. 

Students will 

select from an 

easy menu of 


colleges and 


But with the proper incentives and adequate resources — 
especially the resource of time — faculty will be able to aug- 
ment and supplement what they already do and enhance 
educational experiences for students. 

Complications of enrollment stability and limited 
resources will surely confine application. But limits must 
always be expected — notably those provided by the state. 
Still a different, provocative future awaits. "More, and highly 
complex, equipment and software are likely to mean fewer 
faculty will reach more students," Prokasy says. "But those 
fewer faculty will have, and need to have, an improved sup- 
port environment." 

Faculty have already responded to 
our efforts to create such an emiron- 
ment: one faculty member has secured 
a grant to establish a teleconferencing 
link with a nearby elementary school for 
the interactive supervision of student 
teachers; another has drafted policies 
and procedures for the operation of a 
new educational channel, scheduled to 
begin on our local cable system in the 
fall; we've begun work on a campus- 
wide plan for educational technologies; 
we are extending the technological 
capabilities of our library; and faculty training sessions are 
now being held in our two new distance-learning classrooms 
installed last fall. 

The British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once 
observed that "the art of progress is to preserve order amid 
change and to preserve change amid order." An obvious 
corollary to the wisdom of his remarks is the fact that todays 
world has simply ordered us to change. Procrastination will 
defeat us. If Armstrong is not alert to the demands of the 
next generations of learners, students will certainly find 
institutions that are. In the future when we are asked 
"Where have all the students gone?" we must be able to say: 
"We have our share. We are working with them as we always 
have. Giving students our best to find the best in themselves 
has long been an Armstrong tradition — it still is. The best 
education, the best value." We must be able to say this. 

Frank A. Butler is vice president and dean of faculty. 



3 An Afternoon of Patriotic Music 
witii Ed & Friends, 3:30 P.M., 
Fine Arts Auditorium 

4 Independence Day holiday 

7 CHAOS: freshmen orientation 

(July 14, 21, 26, 28) 

9 Grand Finale Concert and Art 

Exhibition of the Savannah 
Summer Institute for Education in 
the Arts, 7:30 P.M., Fine Arts 
Auditorium and Fine Arts Gallery 

13 New student orientation for fall 

quarter, 4:00 P.M. 

15 Last day of undergraduate classes, 

session A 

18 New student orientation for 

session B, 8:00 A.M. 

18 Registration, session B 
18-22 Undergraduate and graduate 

advisement and advance 

19 First day of undergraduate classes, 
session B 

25 Savannah Institute for Education 

in Discipline-Based Aits begins 

28 The Georgia Sea Island Singers, 
7:00 P.M., Fine Arts Auditorium, 
co-sponsored by the City of 
Savannah Office of Cultural Affairs 

29 Mid-term, session B 


4 CHAOS (August 6, September 12, 13) 

4 Last day of undergraduate classes, 
session D 

5 Savannah Institute for Education 
in Discipline-Based Arts ends 

7 Parents' orientation 

1 1 Last day of undergraduate classes, 

session B 
15 Last day of undergraduate classes, 

session C 


5 Labor Day holiday 

17 Women's volleyball, Armstrong 

vs. Pembroke State, 2:00 P.M. 

20 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 

Georgia Southern, 6:00 P.M 
20-21 Registration 
22 First day of classes 

24 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 
Converse, 3:00 P.M. 

25 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 
West Georgia, 3:00 P.M. 


15 Women's volleyball, Armstrong 

vs. LlSC-Spartanburg, 2:00 P.M, 

25 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 
Florida Community College, 

6:30 P.M. 

26 Mid-term 

26 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 

Augusta, 6:00 P.M. 
30 Women's volleyball, Armstrong vs. 

SCAD/Columbia, 2:00 P.M. 


7;1 1 Undergraduate and graduate 

advisement and advance 

13 J. Harry Persse Concert, 3:00 P.M., 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 
19 Men's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Centra! Wesleyan, 7:30 P. M. 
24-25 Thanksgiving holidays 
26 Men's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Florida Memorial, 7:30 P.M, 
30 Women's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Coker, 7:00 P.M. 

10 Men's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Voorhees, 7:30 P.M. 
13 Women's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Kennesaw State, 6:00 P.M. 

17 Women's basketball, Armstrong State 
Invitational, 3:00 P.M. 

18 Women's basketball, Armstrong State 
Invitational, 1:30 P.M. 


■ Get ready for the Alumni Association 
Fashion Show. Details are forthcoming. 

■ HOMECOMING 1995: February 10-11 


Sept. 26-Oct. 2 
Oct. 3-9 
Oct. 10-16 
Oct. 17-23 
Oct. 24-30 
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 
Nov. 7-13 
Nov. 14-20 
Nov. 28-Dec. 4 


Mrs. Doubtfire 
The Fugitive 
The Piano 
Blue Chips 
Sleepless in Seattle 
Rising Sun 
House Party 3 

9 A.M., Noon, 3 P.M. 
1P.M., 3 P.M. 
5RM., 7 P.M. 

6 P.M. 





Men's basketball, Armstrong 

vs. Coker, 7:30 P.M. 

Last day of classes 

Men's basketball, Armstrong vs. 

Lynn, 7:30 P.M. 

Final exams 

Admissions/Registrar: 912/927-5277 
Art and music events: 912/927-5325 
Athletic activities: 912/927-5336 
Studio A: 912/927-5300 

All events are open to Armstrong 
alumni and friends 


Winterfest Honor Band Camp 
Finale Concert of the Winterfest 
Honor Band Camp, 7:30 P.M., 
Fine Arts Auditorium 


11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997 



J/OL. I, NO. 2 






For rloPE 

0-'^y:l N S I D E : 

History on the Edge 
V. What Love Has To Do With It 


Armstrong Magazine is published 

twice a year by the Office of 

College Advancement at 

Armstrong State College. 

For additional information about 

articles or activities at the college, 

contact the Editor, 

Armstrong Magazine, 

11935 Abercorn Street, 

Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997, 






Lauretta Hannon, editor 

Robert Strozier, contributing writer 

Gail Brannen, plrotograplier 

Joan Lehon, 

chief production assistant 

Doug Walker, 

editorial assistant 

Don Bagwell: Digital Impact, 

graphic design. 

Armstrong Magazine encourages 
letters to the editor. 


Robert A. Burnett, president 

John A. Gehrm II, wee president 

of college advancement 


Norton M. Melaver, president 

Jane A. Feiler, vice president 

John A. Gehrm II, 

executive vice president 

and assistant secretary 

M. Lane Morrison, secretary 

Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr., treasurer 

Dorothy M. Eckhart, assistant 


Curtis G. Anderson 

Frank Barragan, Jr. 

Helen Downing 

Richard A. Estus 

Brian R. Foster 

Robert D. Gunn 

Nick J. Mamalakis 

J. Cliff McCurry 

Willis J. Potts, Jr. 

Marie H. Simmons 

Philip Solomons, Sr. 

Arnold Tenenbaum 

Susan S. Weiner, adjunct 

Irving Victor, adjunct 

Armstrong State College is a senior 

unit of the University System of 
Georgia. The Armstrong community 

includes approximately 5,600 
students and 235 faculty. An average 

class size of nineteen ensures an 
environment of academic excellence. 
Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 
Armstrong today serves a rich gamut 

of traditional and non-traditional 

students. Rfty-four percent are from 

the Savannah-Chatham area. Others 

come from around the state, 

the nation, and the world. 

Love Does Make A Heart Strong 

Armstrong professor says emotions 
have a biochemical dimension. 

Boneyard Blues 

A folktale about not getting caught dead 

in the cemetery. 

A Prescription for Hope 

Nursing students give the homeless more than just 
1 f cough drops and condoms. 

Unearthing the Pubuc's History 

Once the domain of the eminent, histoiy now takes its 
sharp eye into the lives of everyday people. 










Campus highlights and insights. 

Advancement News 

Alumni Line 

News for and about Armstrong alumni. 

End Point 

A last word or two. 


Inside back cover 
Chi the cover: One of the many faces of homelessness. 




. P L A U S E 



The Winning Boys of Summer 

aast year the Armstrong baseball team advanced to 
the NCAA Division II National Championship 
Series. The Pirates earned the trip when they 
claimed the South Atlantic Regional in Columbus, 
Georgia with a 12-2 title game win over Wingate 
Armstrong won its first-round game in the championship 

series, 9-5, over Lewis (IL), but dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker to 
eventual national champion. Central Missouri State. Lewis then 
edged the Pirates out of the tournament in a 4-3 thriller. 

Armstrong finished the 1994 season with a glittering 50-15 
record, a fifth-place finish in the series, and a final NCAA 11 
national ranking of fifth in the Collegiate Baseball year-end poll. 

Woman of 
tlie Year 

Sara Connor, assistant to 
the vice president, has been 
named National Business 
Woman of the Year 1995 by the 
American Business Women's 
Association (ABWA). 

Connor was among 1,700 
nominees for the prestigious 
award. ABWA has approximately 100 

Sara Connor 







An 1858 tintype of 

Lucy Breckinridge (back row: 

second from left) 

Civil War Journal issued in Paperback 

History instructor Mary Robertson (75) 
found Lucy Breckinridge in tier attic — 
well, sort of. Breckinridge's diary was 
among family papers being stored in the 
Robertson household. After reading the 
nineteen-year-old's compelling account of 
life during the Civil War, Robertson began 
editing the diary for publication. 

Begun in 1862 to alleviate the "boredom 
of wartime," the journal offers candid views 

of life on the homefront and chronicles the 
war that killed three of Breckinridge's 
brothers. She also uses her diary to debate 
such universal issues as religion, marriage, 
and the role of women in society. 

First published in hardcover in 1979, 
Robertson's Lucy Breckinridge of Grove 
Hill: The Journal of a Virginia Girl has now 
been issued in paperback by the University 
of South Carolina Press. 

ix-foot-eleven-inch Dusan Stevic prefers basketball to politics. 

After living the last four years in the United States, Stevic says that he knows little 
more than the average American does about the war in his homeland, the former 

Basketball Coach Griff Mills expected a lot from Stevic this year; he was not disap- 
pointed. Stevic's presence was crucial to the Pirates' top national defensive ranking. "He 
has definitely been a force for us," Mills says. "He intimidated a lot of opponents. With 
his size and strength, he really compromised their inside game." And in the process, 
Armstrong won the regular season PBAC with a 14-4 record, 18-8 overall. It is the 
Pirates' first outright conference championship since 1976. 

Stevic, the tallest player in the regional Peachbelt Conference, will graduate this 
spring. He plans to return to Europe to continue his basketball career or stay in the U.S. 
and pursue a master's degree in business. 



In between questions about the 
crises in Haiti and North Korea, Sen. 
Sam Nunn, D-Ga., addressed spring 
quarter graduates at commencement. 

Assessing the issues of violence 
and education, Nunn emphasized 
that individual responsibility can be 




a central force for change. The audi- 
ence gave Nunn the biggest laugh of 
the evening when he joked that 
President Burnett threatened to put 
him on the college mascot review 
committee if he did not give a good 

Nothing to Spit At 

Respiratory therapy students 
Alan Haysman, Kate 
Jacobson, and Tina Main are 
reigning Georgia Sputum 
Quiz Bowl champs. The 
Sputum Bowl is the state competi- 
tion that tests knowledge of 
respiratory care. 

Although the students 

are only halfway through their 
curriculum, they defeated a team of 
professional respiratory therapists to 
win the state tournament. Ross Bowers, 
chair of the Department of Respiratory 
Therapy and captain of 
the Armstrong team, 
accompanied the 
students to the 
national competition 
in Las Vegas. 
program is 
ranked in 
the top four 
percent in 
the nation. 

Armstrong Regains 
Graduate Programs 

At its December meeting, the Board 
of Regents authorized Armstrong and 
Savannah State College to offer graduate 
programs independent of Georgia 
Southern University. 

Armstrong will give the master's 
degree in education for early elementary 

_ and middle 

grades, speech 
and language 
pathologj', and 
selected sec- 
ondary subjects. 
Graduate degrees 
in health science, 
nursing, history, 
and a cooperative 
program in crimi- 
nal justice will 
also be given. The 
programs will be offered after accredita- 
tion is awarded from the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools. 

New Athletic 
Center Opens 

This spring the college will realize a 
long-awaited dream with the opening of 
an 82,000 square-foot athletic center. 

The facility will better serve stu- 
dents and enrich programs as diverse as 
teacher training and physical therapy. 
Space and equipment will also be used 
by various community groups throughout 
the year. 

The building includes a 2,000-seat 
arena, fitness and training rooms, a 
human performance laboratory, several 
classrooms, and offices. 

President Burnett has 
been a longtime advo- 
cate for the return of 
graduate programs to 

A P 

/!_ f) n 


Alicia Kelly, Kelly Swain, Michelle Lehtma, and 
Elizabeth Fitzgerald. 

Sign of 
the Times 

With a student body 
that is sixty-eight 
percent female, it 
was bound to happen. 
The 1994-95 execu- 
tive officers of the Student Government 
Association (SGA) are all women — for 
the first time since 1945. 

And this outspoken foursome is on a 

"We are trying to make the 
Armstrong community more aware of 
cultural, political, and educational 
trends by raising issues and bringing 
speakers to campus," Vice President 
Alicia Kelly says. 'We also try to get more 
students involved and tell them they 
have a voice." 

Treasurer Elizabeth Fitzgerald 
believes that women will continue to 
assume leadership roles in the SGA. 
"It's a sign of things to come," Fitzgerald 

What is the Office of College Advancement? 

The Office of College Advancement is your link to Armstrong State College and is the umbrella organization for: 

■ Public Relations: informs you through Armstrong Magazine and through media coverage of changes and 
accomplishments at Armstrong. 

■ Alumni Affairs: the friend-raising part of the advancement team. Alumni affairs keeps you up-to-date about 
class reunions, homecoming, and other special events. Members of the Armstrong Alumni Association pay dues of 
$25 per year which gives them access to college facilities, services, and invitations to members-only functions. 

■ Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc.: the private support arm of the college and a 501(C)3 educational 
charity formed to acquire and administer funds to support the charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes 
of Armstrong State College and its programs. The specific goals of the foundation are: 

• To facilitate and promote all types of education and research at Armstrong State College 

• To promote educational, scholarly, and community service functions at Armstrong State College 

• To maintain a distinguished faculty and assist in their professional undertakings 

• To operate exclusively for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes 

How to Make a Gift to the Foundation 

There are many ways you can make a gift to Armstrong State College. Here are some examples. 

■ Annual Fund: The Annual Fund for Academic Excellence benefits the college's academic programs. All alumni 
and friends are encouraged to participate each year. There are four levels of giving, each recognized by a distinctive 
decal which can be displayed on your car to show your support of Armstrong State College. 

Golden A Club 
'Geechee Club 
Century Club 
Loyalty Club 

$500 or more 
under $100 

■ Corporate Matching Gift Programs: Would you like to significantly increase your contribution to Armstrong 
State College? It's possible if your employer has a Corporate Matching Gift Program. More than 1,000 companies will 
match their employees' contributions to higher education. When your employer matches your contribution, your gift is 
recognized at a higher club level. For instance, if your $50 annual fund contribution is matched with a $50 corporate 
gift, it becomes a $100 contribution and is recognized in the Century Club. Check with your personnel office for 

■ Endowed Funds: Endowed funds are gifts invested in perpetuity. The fund principal is never spent; only the 
income or earnings can be used to support the fund's intended purpose. You can create a named endowment starting 
at the minimum level of $10,000. 

■ Planned Giving / Estate Planning: Gifts of cash, stock, real estate, or remembering Armstrong in your will are 
several of the better-known ways to give. But do you know about lead trusts, charitable remainder unitrusts, unitrusts 
with wealth replacement? These may be mysterious names, but with the help of our development staff, we can guide 
you through the maze. 

■ The Presidents Club: The Presidents Club honors the present and past presidents of Armstrong State College. 
This is an outstanding way to show your commitment and support for the college and at the same time help secure 
the resources necessary to maintain a margin of academic excellence. The Presidents Club is open to individuals and 
corporations. There are three levels of giving: 

1935 Society 
Armstrong Society 

$1,000 Annually 
$2,500 Annually 
$5,000 Annually 

P R E S I D 

E N T 



Ruth and Frank Barragan 
Bob and Mary Burnett 
Jane and Edwin Feller 
John and Hester Gehrm 
Molly Gignilliat 
Nick Mamalakis 
Melaver, Incorporated 

S. Lloyd Newberry 
Marie Simmons 
Emma Thomson Simon 
Herbert S. Traub, Jr. 
Cissie and Irving Victor 
Genevieve and Nancy A. White 
Fred Williams Homes 


NationsBank of Georgia, 


Contributors to tlie Armstrong State College Foundation. 

Inc. are entitled to all tax benefits < 

authorized by law. 



Giving Year in Review 

Thank you to all of our friends, faculty, staff, and alumni who contributed to the Armstrong 
State College Foundation during 1993-1994. 

A total of $196,600 in cash and pledges was raised in the first fundraising year after the 
spring 1993 reorganization of the Armstrong State College Foundation. Included in this total is 
$145,300 contributed in scholarship endowment. Thanks to your generosity, we view 1993-1994 
as a very successful fundraising year, and with your continued support, the years ahead should 
be even better. 

Norton M. Melaver 
President. Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. 

Audit Summary 

Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. 
'Balance Sheet 
June 30, 1994 



Accounts Receivable 

24, 465 

180, 501 

94, 012 

298, 978 

Liabilities and Fund Balances 


■ The Theron Arthur Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund in Dental Hygiene - $15,300 
(September 1993). 

Income from this scholarship endowment will be used to provide financial support for dental 
hygiene students. The fund was established by the family of the late Theron Arthur Grant, who 
was a dentist in Savannah for sixty-two years. Active in community and professional associa- 
tions, Grant retired from dentistry in 1988. 

■ The NationsBank of Georgia, N.A. - $30,000 (over 3 years, April 1994) 

The NationsBank Scholarship fund is established to demonstrate NationsBank's commitment 
to education in the region, and when fully endowed, will be used to provide support for the 
college's general scholarship program. 

■ The Chatham Foundation - $50,000 (January and December 1994) 

The Chatham Foundation, a charitable foundation established by Savannah Foods and 
Industries, has funded an endowment known as the Dixie Crystals Scholarship Fund. This fund 
will be used to create two scholarships for outstanding and gifted students majoring in computer 
science and education. 

■ The Melaver Family - $50,000 (over 5 years, January 1994) 

The Melaver Family Scholarship Fund was established by Norton Melaver ('44), his wife Betty, 
and his sister Millicent Melaver ('49) to provide support for the college's general scholarship 
program. Income from the endowment will make scholarships available to deserving Armstrong 
students. The Melaver family has traditionally been community-minded and has long placed great 
emphasis on establishing and maintaining the highest quality of education for all residents of 
Savannah and Chatham County. 

■ Radiologic Technologies Gift - $18,000 

• John R. Duttenhaver, M.D. - $9,000 

• ASTRO Education and Development Fund/ 
Technology Matching Fund contribution - $9,000 

Duttenhaver's contribution and the matching funds provided by the American Society of 
Therapeutic Radiologists and Oncologists (ASTRO) enables the radiation therapy program to 
provide scholarships and purchase educational materials. These funds are a vital source of 
financial support. Duttenhaver is the medical director of radiation therapy at Armstrong. 


■ Kemira Pigments, Incorporated - $10,000 (October 1994) 

This contribution and matching funds will be used to purchase a gas chromatograph-mass 
spectrometer (GC-MS) for the chemistry department. 

This equipment gift will help the chemistry department achieve certification from the 
prestigious American Chemical Society (ACS). With more than 130,000 members, the ACS is the 
oldest and largest accrediting agency in the country. To achieve ACS certification, a department 
must submit to a stringent curriculum review and an inventory of equipment. The GC-MS is the 
last of the "big ticket" instruments needed for ACS certification. 

■ Anonymous — $10,000 (December 1994) 

Undesignated funds to be used for the advancement of Armstrong State College. 


Accrued audit fee 




Total fund balances 


20, 125 

226, 440 


298,978 '\ 

Year ended June 30, 1994 




28, 918 



Total support and revenue 


31, 306 


Grants and scholarships 


24, 500 

Administrative expenses 

12, 566 

Loss on investments 


Total expenses 


37, 676 


(6, 370) 




146, 120 

Investment income 


Loss on investments 


Total capital additions 

145, 168 


$ 138, 798 


137, 055 


275, 853 

Couch potatoes take heart — You may outlive your 


Ithough the benefits of diet and exercise are 
undeniable, there is something equally important. 

"It's pretty simple," says Bob Lefavi, assistant professor of 
health science. "Wellness, in part, depends on one's sense of 

It is such a powerful force that in the next decade, four 
out of five people with major cardiac risk factors will not have 
heart attacks. Lefavi believes there is something more at work 
than genetics, environment, and lifestyle. 

"We may have lost sight of the understanding that health 
is as much a matter of being as it is of doing." 

Lefavi points to the results of research in 
psychoneuroimmunology (the study of the effects 
of the central nervous system on the immune sys- 
tem) and behavioral medicine. 

"Such studies suggest that emotions, social 
contact, and spirituality play a role in a person's 
physical health," he says. "It is becoming more 
and more reasonable to think of the mind and 
body as one." 


While this mind-body marriage is accepted in 
many areas of health and physiology, the idea still 
has its detractors. Lefavi recounts a lecture given 
to a group of skeptics by a biochemist at George Washington 

"He walked up to the podium and immediately began 
reading an erotic passage from Lady Chatterly's Lover " 
Lefavi says. "When some of the hard-core scientists began to 

(Inset and opposite page) Pablo Picasso. The Lovers, Chester Dale Collection. Board of . 



Got to Do 


"If I were to get a 

drug to change the 

immune system 

the way love has 

been shown 

to, I could be a 


loosen their ties and fan themselves as beads of sweat 
formed on their heads, he stopped and asked, 'If you can 
arouse the reproduction axis with purely mental process- 
es, why can't you do the same with the immune system?' 
Good question." 


The first mind-body research in Western medicine were 
studies in personality type. Researchers identified a way of 
responding to life, labeled "type A" behavior pattern, as the 
primary psychosocial factor affecting heart disease. Type As 
are the aggressive and impatient over-achievers — Lefavi 
says "these are the people who believe their bank teller 
slows down on purpose whenever they get in line." 

Type As were supposedly at added risk for heart disease. 
But recent work suggests that classical type A behavior is 
harmful only to the extent it generates anger and hostility 

"Hostility appears to be the killer," Lefavi says. "Not 
competitive, hard-driving, achievement-oriented behavior. 
Of course anger and hostility have their place and are not 
bad all the time, but unchecked or unexpressed hostility is 

In fact, research on health problems associated with 
suppressed emotions has defined a new personali 
ty type C — the cancer personality. 

"There is a growing body of work showing 
the incidence of cancer to be highly correlat- 
ed with tucked-away feelings and a general 
reluctance to express emotions openly" 
Lefavi says. "Psychoneuroimmunologists 
label cancer 'the disease of nice people.'" 


On a more positive side, Lefavi points to the pro- 
tective effects of "connection" on health. Intimacy, a sense 
of belonging and closeness, or being "connected" to a person 
or group seems to be a health-promoting factor. 

In an investigation of more than 7,000 adults in 
California and another of 13,000 men and women in Finland, 
researchers found that, independent of all other cardiac risk 
factors, those individuals who had the fewest social contacts 
also had a two to three times greater risk of death from 
heart disease. 

There is also experimental support for connection in a 
study of cynomolgus monkeys — animals with social organi- 
zations much like people. Investigators found that, though 
diet and activity levels were controlled, socially isolated 
monkeys had twice the coronary blockage as those who were 
allowed to live together. 

"I am convinced that you can run till you have shin 
splints up to your neck and eat fiber till you turn into a 
brick," Lefavi says. "But you are missing something if you 
don't also nurture connection in your life." 


Clues about the physiological effects of emotions and 
connection are begirining to reveal how health may be 
related to spirituality — a notion that rankles some tradi- 
tional scientists. 

"We live in a world where Darwin, Freud, and the 
medical model are above reproach," Lefavi says. "It is a 
naturalistic perception with no room for the spirit." 

One dimension of spirituality is meditation, which 
can lower blood pressure and improve immune response. 
And a recent study of more than 5,000 people indicates 
that those who are members of and attend a church or 
synagogue are less likely to be ill over time than those 
who do not. 

"Whether good health and longevity are related to 
social support systems or to belief systems themselves is 
unknown," Lefavi says. "The point is: Worshipping, like 
meditation, may be a health-promoting behavior." 
Lefavi is quick to defend mind-body 
research. "This is not some sort of fluffy. 
New Age movement implying we can wish 
away disease," he says. "You should still try 
to maintain healthy behaviors such as eat- 
ing well and exercising. What 1 am talking 
about should not be confused with the ranti- 
ngs of self-proclaimed mind-body gurus inter- 
ested in selling a book or getting on the Donahue 
As a scientist, Lefavi is aware that correlation does 
not mean causation."There is no conclusive evidence that 
any emotional or mental state, by itself, ever caused or 
cured any illness. But 1 do believe this work shows us that 
it is time to take a new look at what it means to be 

Lefavi looks forward to the day when a patient's 
mind-body interactions are noted as commonly as blood 
pressure readings. "We must rethink the nature of med- 
ical treatment and behaviors. If we don't, we may become 
so fossilized in sick care that we never truly understand 
healthcare." — LH 

lour grandfather was walking home late one 
stormy night and decided to take a shortcut 
through the local cemetery. The rain made it 
difficult for him to see, and he stumbled into a 
freshly dug grave. Try as he may, Pappap 
couldn't climb out of the muddy pit, which was 
seven feet deep and seven feet long. He had no 
choice but to wait for help. A little later, another 
man came through the graveyard, and, believe 
it or not, he fell into the very same open grave. Unaware that your 
grandfather was already there, the second fellow naturally strug- 
gled to climb out of the grave. When hefeltPappap's warm presence 
and heard him say, "You'll never get out of here!" the poor chap 
leaped from the grave and scurried away, screaming as he ran. 

I was a young boy when I first heard 
my father tell this story, an old favorite 
he calls "Pappap in the Graveyard." An 
accomplished storyteller, my dad relates 
this one particularly well because it is a 
standard that he often tells at family 

Years later, 1 came across a tale in 
John Burrison's Storytellers: Folktales 
and Legends from the South ( 199 1 ) : 

"How the Drunk Got Out of the Grave" 
An' then one night, a drunk was 
goin' through the graveyard. 
Previously though, this plain ol' sober 
man was going through the same 
graveyard an' he fell into an open 
grave. He tried an' tried to git out; he 
tried to make some little footholes 
an' get out, an' he couldn't do that. So 
finally, after wearin' himself out, he 
thought, "Well, I'll just have to stay 
here 'til mornin', an' maybe help'll 
come by." So he lay down an' went to 
sleep. An' then the drunk came along 
stumblin' through the cemetery, an' 
fell in the grave too. An' he was tryin' 
to git out. An' the first man said, 
"There's no use in you tryin', you can't 
get out." But he did! 

Of course, I immediately recognized 
the story and informed my father that his 
often-told story about my grandfather's 
graveyard encounter was a piece of folk- 
lore. He reacted instantly: "It is not folk- 
lore! That really happened!" His 
response reflects a common mispercep- 
tion about folklore — that it is a syn- 
onym for falsehood. 1 explained that des- 
ignating the story as folklore does not 
necessarily mean it isn't true; the label 

that connect multiple versions of any 
given tale. The operative motif in "The 
Drunk in the Graveyard," as it is often 
titled, is *X828, "Drunk person falls into 
open grave with humorous results." 

I came to discover that the storj' has 
an especially rich tradition in the 
American South. Mariella Glenn 
Hartsfield's collection, Tall Betsy and 
Dunce Baby: South Georgia Folktales 
(1987), includes one called "The Open 
Grave." Narrated from a first person 
point of view, the same as my grandfa- 
ther's version, the story concludes as fol- 

While Brown was making an attempt 
to get out, I said, "You can't get out of 
here." And, boy, 1 ought not to have 
done it. There was a hail of clay and 
sand and grass down there on me. 
That joker dug into the bank and was 
out and gone before you could say 
"Don't!" He was already scared, and 
when 1 said, "You can't get out of 
here" — right up the bank! Left me 
stranded in the hole. 


"folklore" simply means that the story 
has a history in the oral tradition and 
exists in multiple versions. 

Textual folklorists possess a genuine 
gift for distilling tales down to their most 
elemental constituents — skeletal units 
of tale plots known as motifs. The domi- 
nant voice among these scholars was 
Stith Thompson, founder of Indiana's 
Folklore Institute, whose six volume 
Motif-Index of Folk-Literature catalogues 
thousands of folk motifs. Thompson's 
work demonstrates the common threads 

Four separate versions appear in 
Lynwood Montell's Ghosts Along the 
Cumberland: Deathlore in the Kentucky 
Foothills (1975). One of those, recorded 
in 1958, ends this way: "And the man sit- 
ting in the corner had not said anything 
but finally said, '%u can't get out. There 
is no use trying.' Then the man got out of 
there faster than he got in." 

The stage is set in typical ghost leg- 
end fashion with the stormy weather and 
the hurried trip through the boneyard. 
What we would expect to be a traditional 

confrontation with the dead turns out to 
be a simple farcical misunderstanding: 
The drunk mistakenly believes that the 
words emanating from the grave are spo- 
ken by a restless ghost or zombie. 

Indeed, these different variants of 
"The Drunk in the Graveyard," including 
my father's and my grandfather's before 
him., operate as catch tales. They dupe 
listeners (hence the "catch") into antici- 
pating a frightful story of the supernatur- 
al but end on a banal or unexpectedly 
comical note. 

A similar story recounts a fraternity 
initiation ritual that requires a new 
pledge to visit the largest grave in the 
center of an ominous cemetery on 
Halloween night. One naive pledge 
timidly approaches the grave. As he 
turns to walk away, he feels a tugging at 
his leg and drops dead from fright on the 
spot. The pledge is found the next morn- 
ing, the bottom of his pants caught on a 
water sprinkler. The standard index of 
folk narrative plots. The Types of the 
Folktale, lists this story under TYPE 


1676B, "Clothing caught in graveyard." 

Another classic catch tale is "The 
Walking Coffin." The following variant 
was collected in 1968: 

A man's wife had died, and the funer- 
al was to be held in his home. So the 
coffin was kept in one of the bed- 
rooms. The coffin was on a cart with 
wheels. As the man was sitting in the 
living room late on the night before 
the funeral, he heard a creaking 
noise upstairs. He could hear the cof- 
fin rolling from the back bedroom to 
the stairway. He heard the wheels 
bumping slowly one by one dovra the 
steps. He heard the coffin creak clos- 
er and closer to the living room. So he 
did the only thing that was left: He 
got some cough medicine and 
stopped the coffin. (William 
Clements, in Indiana Folklore: A 
Reader, ed. Linda Degh 1980) 

These stories are often followed by a 
groan of dissatisfaction from the listen- 
ers, who feel cheated somehow by the 
final plot twist. One of the functions of 
such tales is to engage the hearers with 
possibilities of a ghostly encounter, all 
the while toying with and subverting 
those expectations. 

As a child 1 relished tales like these; 
thus began my enchantment with folk- 
lore. I still find these stories as captivat- 
ing as they were when I first heard them. 

Greg Kelley has taught folklore and folk litera- 
ture at Armstrong. He teaches courses in 
American culture and legend studies at Indiana 
University in Bloomington. 

"\\Ihad any prejudices or 
looked down on anybody 
I don't anymore.'' 

Nursing students tackle 

hey are a familiar sight in downtown Savannah, 
the homeless who line up everyday for lunch from 
Emmaus House Soup Kitchen at Christ Episcopal 
Church Parish House. The black-and-white queue snakes 
down the block as men, women, and children inhale the 
malty smell of yeast rolls curling out of the dining room 

Until two years ago, a meal was all the homeless and 
poor could get at Emmaus House. That is when 
Armstrong nursing faculty and alumni. Savannah United 
Ministries, and the Georgia Nurses' Association District 1 
established a much-needed nursing clinic. 

Since 1988 baccalaureate nursing seniors have 
worked in such clinics around the city. According to 
Marian Conway, self-described "instigator" of the pro- 
gram, serving the homeless introduces students to the 
whole scope of the nursing practice. "Students working 
in this setting can use all of their nursing skills; they can 


"It's heart wrenching to see people who are really concerned about 
their health but don't have any resources. I don't think there are 
enough health care services for the homeless." 


Very to the homeless 

the problem 

work independently for the first time 
and can be at the primary care hub," 
says Conway, an assistant professor of 
nursing. "The students get a view of the 
expanded role of the nurse in communi 
ty health and see the importance of 
hohstic health care." 

Health problems specific to the 
homeless include hypertension, expo- 
sure, respiratory infections, and foot 
ailments. Mental illness and drug 
abuse are sometimes present. The 
very conditions of the homeless 
compromise their capacity to 
maintain health, access treat- 
ment, and recuperate. Therefore, 
health care is a continuous, complex 
challenge for providers as well as 

Students enrolled in the community 
health nursing class are required to 
spend four weeks at a soup kitchen or 
shelter. They may also choose to com- 
plete a needs assessment at one of the 
shelters and implement a plan of action. 
Under the supervision of an experienced 
nurse, they dispense cough drops and 

condoms, read blood pressures, and spend 
much time teaching and listening. 

Last spring Michelle Aliffi ('94) 
worked at Grace House, a shelter that 
provides programs to help men overcome 
homelessness. "I'd like to have been there 
the whole quarter instead of just four 
weeks," Aliffi says. "You are able to give a 
continuity of care. There's just not time or 

personnel to do that in a hospital, where 
we've had a lot of our training." 

While students rate their experiences 
at the clinics as positive, some are appre- 
hensive at first. "Because I had not had 
any contact with the homeless before, I 
was nervous, very nervous," says Melissa 
Woo-Whetstone (ADN '90, BSN '94). "1 
didn't know what to expect, but 1 felt at 
ease right away when I saw there was 
nothing to fear." 

"It's heart wrenching to see people 
who are really concerned about their 
health but don't have any resources, 
" Woo-Whetstone says. "1 don't think there 
are enough health care senices for the 

"Sometimes the homeless don't trust 
the system and think that the system is 
trying to find a way to control them — I 
understand that," Aliffi says. "I'm not say- 
ing it's a great system or a perfect system, 
but it would work better if there wasn't 
this problem of trust." 

The faculty and students see diabetics 
who have no way to refrigerate their 
insulin. They clean foot ulcers caused by 

Marian Conway and Nettie Levett are armbn 
the nursing faculty who volunteer at the 
Christ Episcopal Church clinic. .1 

miles of walking in ill-fitting shoes. They 
treat athlete's foot, a result of communal 
showering. In every case, they try to keep 
the client in the loose net of resources 
available in the community. 

"You see all kinds of problems — some 
of them critical and others easily avoid- 
able," Conway says. 

Some of her most memorable patients 
include a man in his 40s who had a systolic 
blood pressure over 300. Conway got him to 
the hospital and probably prevented a 
stroke or heart attack. 

Last winter a disoriented Vietnam vet- 
eran experienced a sinister flashback. In 
his mind the clinic became a gruesome war 
scene, and he repeatedly implored Conway 
to "Look at the bloody bodies over there." 
Although shaken, she talked with him until 
a social worker arrived to take him to a 
psychiatric facility. 

These experiences show that a nurse 
never knows what to expect. That is why 
the emphasis on critical thinking is crucial 
to the nursing curriculum. 

"1 think the best thing Armstrong does 
is to make us think," Aliffi says.- "Anyone 

can get out there and memorize medicine 
and look up facts and procedures. But if 
you don't learn how to think for yourself, 
then just hang it up. You're not going to 
make it. You're just a technician; you're not 
a nurse. A nurse can assess and formulate 
a plan of care. 1 think Armstrong does a 
good job of developing our critical thinking 
skills. We don't believe that while we're 
going through the program, of course. We 
just think someone's torturing us for the 
fun of it." 

Conway hopes that working with the 
homeless will enhance students' concept 

Twenty-six-year-old Thomas never dreamed he'd 
become homeless, "if I had any prejudices or 
looked down on anybody, I don't anymore. My 
bluest problem is worrying what my friends will 

of the community as client. "The goal is 
to improve the health of the community 
as a whole. We're hoping that students 
learn that in order to improve the health 
status of our country, we have to 
improve the health of our community." 

Back at Emmaus House Soup 
Kitchen everyone is seated for lunch. 
Herb Traub ('37) and Lynn Nerren ('86) 
are handing out warm plates of beef 
stew, donuts, and corn-on-the-cob. After 
the meal, a lean, flop-fingered man 
starts banging the church piano and 
singing. Although the chords sound like 
Stravinsky, the melody is familiar — the 
Motown hit "My Girl": 

I got sunshine on a cloudy day 

When it's cold outside 

I got the month of May 

I don 't need no money, fortune, 


I got all the riches that one man 

can claim. 


Michelle Aliffi ('94) 
chats with a young 
client at the Grace 
House clinic. 
"Becoming a nurse is 
the hardest thing I've 
ever done in my life, 
and I've done a lot of 
things — including 
stints as an Army life- 
guard, used car sales- 
woman, and city bus 




Armstrong State College 


Test your Armstrong knowledge with our college quiz. 

1. Name the baby pictured at right who would 
become the star of the "Mike Hammer" televi- 
sion series. The photograph is dated July 
1941. He was named for his father, pictured 
alongside, who was director of the Savannah 
Playhouse and drama professor at Armstrong 
in the 1930s and 40s. 

2. In 1935 when the city of Savannah needed a 
site for the new junior college, the woman pic- 
tured in the mink coat donated Armstrong 
House, her Italian Renaissance mansion. Do 
you know her name? 

3. The chap on the left has become some- 
thing of an Armstrong institution. Pictured 
with his friend Cy Wood ('49) in 1955 on a 
"cruise" to Miami by Inland Waterway, he 
is a 1949 graduate and former head of the 
Department of Languages, Literature, and 
Dramatic Arts. After thirty-eight years in the 
classroom, he is now director of public rela- 
tions at the college. Who is he? 

4. The year is 1959, and this student is award' 
ed the Miss 'Geechee crown. Can you name 

5. Does anyone out there remember why 
Mamie Eisenhower visited Savannah? 

6. True or False. The 1965 Student Handbook 
devotes an entire section to "Smoking 
Etiquette" and states: An ASC coed never 
smokes on the street or while crossing the 

7. In 1967 when Amanda McLaughlin's hus- 
band-to-be was a basketball and baseball star 
at Armstrong, a 'Geechee cheerleader made 
this graceful shot. Who is she? 

8. Miss B.A.M. and her court are pictured in 
1976. What does the acronym mean? 

9. A book published in 1994 details a famous 
murder trial in Savannah. The nonfiction work 
stays on the New York Times bestseller list for 
months. It features a bhef description of the 
main building of Armstrong Junior College: 
Armstrong House was a lion of a house. It 
gloated and glowered and loomed. It even had 
a curving colonnade that reached out like a 
giant paw as if to swat the Oglethorpe Club 
off its high horse across the street. 
Name the title of this book. 

19 3 5 


60 Great Years 

Smith Named 
New Alumni 
Affairs Director 

William Cebie Smitln has been named 
director of alumni affairs and the annual fund. A 
native of Calhoun, Smith brings to Armstrong a 
quarter century's worth of alumni, advance- 
ment, and public relations experience. 

Smith's background in alumni affairs 
includes positions at Boston University School 
of Law and St. Joseph's College where he estab- 
lished a reputation as a keen facilitator. He 
planned and supervised alumni activities of 
regional chapters and coordinated the efforts of 
volunteers, parents, and alumni to enhance col- 
lege advancement. 

"People ask what my expectations are in 
this job. What matters is my ability to work with 
alumni and volunteers," Smith says. "I am here 
to help steer the alumni office in the direction 
set by our Board of Directors." 

Smith is full of ideas for future alumni 
activities. "Let's use the campus for candle- 
light dinners in the President's Dining Room, 
followed by a play, a post-concert coffee and 
dessert, or a wine and cheese reception in the 
art gallery," Smith says. "Downtown alumni 
must be identified so that events can be held 
downtown for them." 

Smith also wants to reach alumni who live 
outside Savannah. 

"We have more than 200 alumni in 
Richmond Hill, eighty in Augusta, and 200 in 
the Atlanta-metro area," Smith says. "We will 
set up chapters everywhere there is an alumni 

Plans are also underway for activities to 
bring students and alumni together, such as a 
mentoring program and job-focused events to 
help students make the transition to the work- 

Smith believes that within three years 
Armstrong will hold ten to twelve alumni 
events each year — we're going to hold him to 
that prediction. 

NSFRE Honors 

Norton- Melaver ('44) has been recognized 
by the local chapter of the National Society of 
Fund Raising 
Executives. He was 
f named an 

Outstanding Volunteer 
Fundraiser and 
Philanthropist for his 
work as president of 
the Armstrong State 
A -iSCJ College Foundation. 

^^^^ "^^^ V Since he under- 

^^^^ j^V stands the first rule 

fundraising — make 
your own gift before asking others to give — he 
and his family made the first major gift to the 
Armstrong State College Foundation. Melaver, 
his wife Betty, and his sister Millicent ('49) 
established the Melaver Family Scholarship 

Fund with an endowed gift of $50,000. 

In 1944 after completing his Armstrong 
graduation requirements early, Melaver missed 
spring commencement and did not receive his 
Academic Silver "A" Award. Half a century later 
while presiding over his second foundation 
board meeting on November 10, 1993, he was 
presented the award by President Burnett. 
Melaver also was commencement speaker at 
the fall 1994 graduation exercises. 

We salute Melaver's many accomplish- 
ments and appreciate his devotion and untiring 
efforts to promote Armstrong. 

Lives of Altar 

A comic, irreverent rollick through 
painful adolescence. The Dangerous 
Lives of Altar Boys by Armstrong alum- 
nus Chris Fuhrman (1960-1991) is a 
fictional, autobiographical novel set in 
Savannah. Those who knew Chris will 
be sadly thrilled by the book, which 
was recently published by the 
University of Georgia Press. The work 
has received stirring reviews from The 
Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, 
and The Chicago Tribune. 

William Stokes 

The death of William Stokes, assistant 
dean and professor of education, 
deeply touched the Armstrong commu- 
nity. Known for his intense, soft-spo- 
ken leadership, Stokes fought at every 
front for educational ideals which have 
shaped and maintained the reputation 
of the School of Education. 

Portch Visits 

Chancellor Stephen Portch chats with 
John Wolfe, president of Savannah State, 
and Fran Arnsdorff ('80). Portch, chancel- 
lor of the University System of Georinar met 
with Armstrong alumni, foundation board 
members, and area legislators in July to dis- 
cuss issues and priorities at Armstrong and 
Savannah State College. 





Receive Alumni 

Every year the Armstrong Alumni 
Association awards four academic scholar- 
siiips to outstanding students. Each award 
covers tuition for one academic year. 

The Arthur M. Gignilliat, Sr. Entering 
Freshman Scholarship was awarded to Minh- 
Tam Nguyen of Savannah. Arriving at 
Armstrong with a stellar high school record, 

Nguyen plans to study health professions. 

The Jule Rossiter Stanfield Scholarship 
was awarded to Aimee C. Konwinski of 
Savannah. Konwinski graduated third among 
235 students in her senior class. Her dream 
is to work in the theatre. 

The Judge Grady and Sarah M. Dickey 
Scholarship was awarded to Samuel Moore 
Wolling, Jr. of Savannah. Wolling was presi- 
dent of his senior class and a member of the 
Savannah Youth Leadership Forum. He is 
interested in politics. 

The Class of '37 Scholarship was 
awarded to Julie Bland of Bloomingdale. 
While an exemplary high school student, 
Bland completed several courses at 
Armstrong. She plans to major in education. 


Joan Schwartz, President; Bette Jo Krapf, Vice President/Scliolarship: Grace Burke, Vice President/Special 

Events; Mark Reavis, Treasurer: William Cebie Smith, Secretary: Fran Arnsdorff, 

Heidi Becker, Mildred Derst, Edwin Fountain, Herb Griffin, Catherine Gue', Joyce Guile, Joy Kleeman, 

Helen McCracken, Lee Meyer, Patricia Palmer, Catherine Palumbo, Robert Persse, Kenneth Sellers, 

Bob Smith, Craig Vickery Elizabeth Weeks. 




Workshops are offered through- 
out the year on topics such as 
resume writing, interviewing skills, 
business and social etiquette, and 
applying to graduate school. 

Call the Office of Career Services 
at 912/927-5269. 

Help Us Recover 
Our Past 

Janet Stone, associate professor of histo- 
ry, is writing a formal history of the college 
and needs information, items, and stories 
about Armstrong. In the upheaval of the move 
from historic downtown Savannah, much of 
the memorabilia of Armstrong's early days dis- 

We would like to recover as many of 
these physical mementos as possible and dis- 
play them on campus. Please let us know if 
you have any Armstrong materials. Wnte to 
Stone at 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, 
Georgia 31419-1997 or call 912/927-5283. 

if you have a new address or news to share with other alumni, please complete this form and mail to: Director of Alumni Affairs, Armstrong State College, 
11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA, 31419-1997. 



City/State/Zip & County_ 


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Graduation Year 




Home Rhone. 

Work Phone 


Business Address, 
Spouse's name 

What information about yourself would you like to have published in Armstrong Magazine's Alumni Line? 




Alberta R. (Mrs. Philip) Beckwith ('42) is a 

member of Gallery 209 on River Street, 
Savannah. The gallery is an artists' co-op 
with thirty members. 

Sara P. Sullivan Armstrong ('43) reports 
from North Carolina that she and her hus- 
band are enjoying retirement, their three chil- 
dren, and six grandchildren. 

William Binns ('47) of Savannah has been 
awarded the prestigious Wise Owl Award by 
the Georgia Forestry Association. The award 
is given only at special times to honor a life- 
time of service or an exceptional achieve- 

Forist G. Dupree ('48), a retired air force 
colonel, works full-time as a representative 
for USPA and IRA. 

Harriet Konter ('46) has been elected to the 
Board of Directors of the Jewish Educational 
Alliance in Savannah. 


Tom Bordeaux ('53) has been named to the 
Board of Directors of the (Savannah) 
Children's Advocacy Center. 


Aron G. Weiner ('62) has been named chair 
of the Savannah Community Bank Board of 
Directors of Bank South, Savannah. 

Elaine Constantine Coleman ('63) is in 

Savannah and manages her firm, 
Constantine Realty Company. Her daughter 
Catherine is a first-year student at the 
University of the South, and son Ronald is a 
fifth grader at Bartow Magnet School. 

Dawn Pender-James ('63) is a radiologic 
technologist and mammographer at 
Westside Urban Health Center. 

Faye R. Kirschner ('65) won the Georgia 
Senior State Closed Tennis Tournament, 
Women's 50 Singles. She teaches physical 
education at Port Wentworth Elementary 

Henry R. Parker ('66), a retired army cap- 
tain, is a social worker in the VA Medical 
Center in Boise, Idaho. 

Charles L. Houston ('69) is senior pastor of 
Thomasville United Methodist Church. 

Thomas R. Taggart ('69) of Savannah has 
been elected to membership in Scribes, the 
Amehcan Society of Writers on Legal 


Peggy R. Strong ('71) reports that her 
granddaughter Kristi Andrews is the family's 
third generation Armstrong student. Peggy is 
a representative for district seventy-two of 
the Silver-haired Legislature. 

John Bassett ('73) of Tifton has received an 
honorary alumni award from Abraham 
Baldwin Agricultural College. 

Jerry Spivey ('73) has been elected secre- 
tary of the Savannah Association of Life 

IVleredyth Goethe Leaptrot ('74) has moved 
to St. Simon's Island where she writes fic- 
tion and non-fiction. She has published "Why 
Nurnburg," an overview of the city's history 
and old legends. 

Mary D. Robertson ('75) continues her 
research in women's history. 

Don L. Waters ('75) has been named chair 
of the Board of Governors of South College 
in Savannah. 

Daniel Bolta ('76) is a public health nurse 
with the Chatham County Health 
Department. He and his wife and two chil- 
dren, Daniel, 8, and Katrina, 6, live on the 
Isle of Hope. 

Larry R. Edens (MBA '76) and wife Mary 
Ann Dutcher ('85) have moved to Athens. 
He is associate director of Georgia Tech's 
Economic Development Institutes. 

Arthur L. Holmes, Jr. ('76) was inducted into 
the U.S. Army Infantry Hall of Fame at Fort 
Benning. He will retire and return to 
Savannah where he will be associated with 
the JROTC Program at Windsor Forest High 

Marie Ann Polite ('76), principal of 
Savannah High School, has been appointed 
a member of the Historic Savannah 
Foundation Board of Trustees. In June 1994 
she was the commencement speaker at 
Metter High School. 

Mark Worsham ('77) has joined the law 
firm of Kent, Worsham, Williamson, and 

Deborah Cameron ('78) is a medical tech- 
nologist in the pathology lab at Memorial 
Medical Center. She is active in the Big 
Sister/Little Sister Program. 


Martha McMinn Bagley ('80) has started 
her own law practice in Sioux City, Iowa. She 
specializes in divorces, criminal defense, 
and civil rights. 

Robert J. Smith ('80) has joined the 
Savannah investment firm of Sterne, Agee, 
and Leach, Inc. 

Leesa Bohler-Hunter ('80) was sworn in on 
June 16 as a new administrative law judge 
of the Georgia State Board of Workers' 

Stephanie Blackwell ('82) received her MA 
in public administration from Hamline 
University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a 
disability specialist with the State of 

Peter D. Muller ('82) has joined the 
Savannah law firm of Bouhan, Williams, and 

Theresa Maldonado ('84) is a certified lac- 
tation consultant with Memorial Medical 
Center. She disseminates breastfeeding 
information and provides assistance to 
mothers in the community. 

Michael Barker ('84) is president elect of 
the Younger Lawyers Section of the 
Savannah Bar Association. 

Deloris Belew ('85) has completed course 
work for a doctorate in English at the 
University of Georgia where she is an assis- 
tant professor of English. 

Fred C. Newlin ('85) has graduated from 
the U.S. Marine Corps Basic Warrant Officer 
School. He has been promoted to marine 
warrant officer assigned to the Fleet Marine 

Mary Ann Dutcher Edens ('85) and hus- 
band Larry ('76) have moved to Athens 
where she is working on an MS degree in 
art education. 

B. Richard Field ('85) has been promoted to 
deputy executive director of the Georgia 
Ports Authority, Savannah. 

Barbara Hetherington ('86) has been elect- 
ed to the Board of Directors of the Savannah 
Symphony Orchestra. 

Anne IVIarie Broderick IVIillikan ('86) and 

her husband are opening a restaurant, 
Hodada's Oyster Deck, on Tybee Island. 

Kevin Strafford 
('86) is a market- 
ing representative 
for Healthsource, a 
regional Savannah- 
based health main- 
tenance organiza- 
tion. Kevin's wife 
Kimberly also 



Wallace R. 
Blackstock ('87) 

has been named the 1995 Teacher of the 
Year for the Savannah-Chatham County 

Jessica Mack Fitzgerald ('87) has been pro 
moted to nurse educator at the St. Francis 
Hospital in Mauldin, South Carolina. She has 
been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau and the 
International Nursing Honor Society and is 
working on her MSN at Clemson. Daughter 
Emily Mack-Fitzgerald is now almost a year 

Susan E. Davis ('88) has become affiliated 
with NOVACARE, Inc., an organization spe- 
cializing in rehabilitation. 

Nancy Press Gorman ('88) has returned to 
Savannah with husband and year-old daugh- 
ter Kristen Nicole. 
She is employed as 
a registered nurse 
in the coronary care 
unit of Memorial 
Medical Center. 

Michael West, Jr. 
('89) is director of 
student activities at 
Guilford College in 
Greensboro, North 



Linda S. Githens Roberts ('90) has been 
elected president of the Historic (Savannah) 
Chapter of Amehcan Business Women. 

Deborah Nelson Willis ('90) has moved to 
Port Angeles, Washington, where she has a 
law practice. 

John Dickens ('92) completed his MS 
degree in clinical psychology in 1993 and 
works as a therapist. 

Miriam L. Wall ('92) received her MS degree 
in health administration from Armstrong and 
Georgia Southern University in December 
1993. She is now administrator of the 
Savannah Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

John J. Potts ('92) and his wife are sailing 
their new boat from Seattle to the Bahamas 
and hope to dock in Savannah this year. 

Paul Robinson ('92) has been appointed a 
member of the Historic Savannah Foundation 
Board of Trustees. 

Stephen Craig Braddy ('93) is on leave from 
the FBI while entenng the air force. He stud- 
ied Russian at the Defense Language 
Institute in Monterey, California. 

Diana Guyette ('93) is in her second year at 
Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. 

Mike Harner ('93) has joined the coaching 
staff at Windsor Forest High School as 
assistant basketball coach. 

Norma Korneev-Schuize ('93) teaches pre- 
calculus and algebra at Beaufort High 
School in South Carolina. 

Patricia Ji Nowell ('93) is a chemist at 
Ebonite International in Hopkinsville, 

John P. Skeadas, II ('93) has been named 
Outstanding National Sales Leader for 1993 
by the International Insurance Underwriters, 

Lou Ferris Whitfield-Laner ('93) has 

returned to Hong Kong to establish an 
import/export business and design a line of 
clothing for the American market. 

Janice N. Downie ('94) has been appointed 
a banking officer of the Trust Company Bank 
of Brunswick. 

John W. Kennington ('94) received his MA in 
maritime history and underwater archaeolo- 
gy from East Carolina University and is now 
an archaeologist for the Coastal Heritage 
Society in Savannah. 


Louis Reisman ('80) and Joyce Guile ('80), 

July 18, 1994, son, Jesse Aaron 

Mark Reavis ('84) and Beth Reavis, 
September 11, 1994, son, Mark Jr. 


James A Douglas, Sr. ('58) 'August 20, 

Dabney 0. Linthicum, Jr. • February 1994 

Carol L. Mayhew ('37) • October 1994 

William Jefferson McVeigh III ('60) • July 8, 

Glenda Rosenberg Vanhoff • February 1994 


Emory H. Richards, professor of business 
administration • July 23, 1994 

William Woods Stokes, assistant dean of 
School of Education • August 22, 1994 

W E D D I N 



Rachel Elaine Clark ('92) to James Patrick Glenn 

February 26, 


Jennifer Courson ('94) to Theodore Lonnie Strickland 

August 5, 


Michael Allen Deal ('86, '92) to Debbie Michelle White 

December 18, 


David Ray Graham, Jr. ('93) to Margaret Amelia Minis 

June 4, 


Jeffrey Michal Jones ('93) to Cynthia Darlene Knight 

August 27, 


Brenda Gail Moody ('92) to Clifton Felix Boone 

July 23, 


Dawn E. Pender ('83) to William David James 

March 12, 


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uncovering the worlds 
of everyday people, 

public historians redefine f 

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the conventional tableaux 

of history. 



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chopped down a cheriy tree and admitted it 
because, even then, he could not tell a lie. Later he 
was six feet three and wore wooden teeth. Our first 
president, he died of pneumonia contracted — 
some say — returning home in a gravedigger's rain 
from the boudoir of his mistress. 

The quintessential southern gentleman, Robert E. Lee was 
to the manor born. The fatherly general of the Confederate 
forces during the Civil War, he is still revered by military strate- 
gists as a tactical genius. 

Then there is Heywood Dixon. 


North Carolina slave Heywood Dixon had this daguerreotype made in the 
late 1840s. A successful carpenter and later a free black, he was buried 
in an unmarked plantation grave. Courtesy William L Murphy, Adelphia 
Plantation, Tarboro, North Carolina. 

on die Edge 

Old Sibby, one of the last midwives 
in Glynn County, was pho- 
tographed in 1934. These hands 
"caught" many a baby. Courtesy 
of the Georgia Department of 
Archives and History. 

You have never heard of him — Dixon is not notable in the context 
of his times. He was neither rich, politically powerful, highly-edu- 
cated, nor prominent in the ways of those who "make" history. But 
it is the Heywood Dixons who fascinate public historians. 

"Public history is more interested in the multitude of the 
world's people," says Christopher Hendricks, assistant professor of 
history and historic preservation. "We look at their homes and lives 
and ideals, their habits and religions, their food and furniture. Our 
concern is with the plain people." -—2^^^^ 

Among these is Dixon, a slave from Greene County, North 
Carolina. While Colonel Robert E. Lee was chastising the 
sloppily-dressed Captain Ulysses Grant 
during the Mexican War, Heywood 
Dixon was having his picture 
made, a daguerreotype. In 
elegant, "Sunday-go-to- 
meetin'" clothes, with a 
carpenter's square in 
hand to advertise 
his trade, Dixon 
was defining a 
singular public 
history moment. 
A remarkably 
successful carpen- 
ter, later a free 
black, he earned 
the money to dress 
well and pay for the 

But the Heywood 
Dixons are rare visitors to tra- 
ditional history texts. Like Dixon 
many of the South's 3.9 million blacks 
in the 1840s were talented artisans whose 
presence and influence usually escape orthodox 
record-keeping. For students of public history, 
then, discovering a man like Dixon is similar to 
realizing how bifocal lenses improve vision. 
"Public history strengthens traditional history. It is 
realized best as a bridge between the good, rich 
history we know and the vast opportunities of the 


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"~'-^ear Savjpmah, ca. 1940. 

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unknown or undiscovered," says folklorist Barbara Fertig, an assistant 
professor of history. 

Most plain folks do not leave personal records, so the public 
history student must use a variety of sources and techniques to unveil 
their lives and times: oral histories, archaeological digs, artifact analysis, 
architectural drawings, landscape studies, and family Bibles. 

As discoveries are made, public historians have the practical goal to 
share their findings. "We want to get information to teachers so that even- 
tually everyone will know the importance of multifaceted studies — then 
preservation will naturally follow," says Anne Yentsch, associate 
professor of historical archaeology. 

The mvestigative opportunities this discipline 
offers are exactly what stirs students like Paula 
Anders, a public history graduate student. 
"When 1 looked into the program at 
Armstrong, I saw something unique that I 
had not seen at any other college," 
Anders says. 

What Anders found is a dynam- 
ic faculty of teacher/scholars: a his- 
torical archaeologist, a museum 
specialist, a historical geographer, 
and an archivist. They publish 
books and give presentations 
which attract national and 
international attention and 
arrange special field work through- 
out the country. 

This summer Armstrong 
students will participate in a five-week 
study of the nineteenth-century Andalusia 
Estate near Philadelphia. An examination of 
graperies around the mansion will be directed by 
Yentsch. Originally the retirement home of banking 
tycoon and presidential advisor Nicholas Biddle, the site 
once contained extensive arbors and greenhouses. Since only 
sparse records exist, under-earth structural evidence is crucial to the 
understanding of Pennsylvania estate life in the 1850s. 

Our land eveiywhere offers these naturally preserved artifacts. In 
Liberty County, Georgia, there is the lonely, weather-whipped corncrib 
clutching the earth. Nearby is a farmhouse where foot-polished, good-luck 
pennies are imbedded in the front threshold. A "spittin' distance" across 

Women hulling rice with mortar 
and pestle. Sapelo Island, early 
1900s. Courtesy of the Georgia 
Department of Archives and 


the liardyard is a functional, hand water pump, like a shrunken Easter Island statue 
warming us intelligently into the century's early years. While these icons have survived, 
many others are lost. 

"You'd be appalled at the things that are gone," Anders says. "There was even debate 
many years ago about bulldozing Independence Hall. Just last year in Mcintosh County, a 

175-year-old cemetery was virtually destroyed to make 
way for a parking lot." 

One place that still stands, however, is Seabrook 
Village, a rural coastal community thirty miles south of 
Savannah. Seabrook is an African-American living-histo- 
ry museum where students can witness what life was like 
a hundred years ago. Natives from the area still live in 
homes where they were born. Barns stand that housed 
cattle and mules and handmade tools. Generations of 
Old South and African-derived recipes are prepared. The 
■"^^^^ whitewashed schoolhouse glistens sunward. Inside is the 

Wfw . original wooden blackboard; thorny learning switches 

m 4^ .?^ • / which alerted inattentive students rest in the teacher's 

Jtr^^ ^Bii corner. 

H^^ "Tjfl WP- 4 Seabrook residents pass down childhood stories of 

country life, superstitions, and Christianized rites of pas- 
sage. Public history students talk with them to learn of 
fading family histories, the marvels of graveyard art, and 
lively oral traditions. The tales they hear are visceral, 
colorful, darkly evocative — like Luretha Stephens' 
chilling encounter with a satanic, speaking creature. The 
haunting song of archetypal consciousness trembles her 

Stephens lived in Seabrook as a child. Wisteria vines 
writhe around a moss-grizzled oak which — even against 
the sunlight — still darkens her little clapboard home. 
She tells students that a babbling and glowering cow-satan came out of the tree to punish 
her for picking forbidden apples on Sunday. On the seventh day the Lord rested. No 
apple-picking on the Lord's day 

It wasn't a real cow, but a cow-like figure she "knew" to be the devil. The fear which 
inspired the vision of this cow-devil, indeed the figure itself, and Stephens' great remorse 
reflect more than her experience. They echo symbols and psyches set in her culture for 

"Houses where experiences like Luretha's occurred are rich repositories of folklore," 
Fertig says. "Preserving and restoring them not only keeps the community architecturally 
viable but spiritually alive as well." 

The yards surrounding these homes are also distinctive. Some of us who grew up in a 
more agrarian South recall how grassless, sandy farmhouse yards were delicately swept 
into art with decoraivje fleur-de-lis fingers and scallop- 
shell fans. The dogtrot home, the sharecropper's tin-roofed 
hut, or the two-story Georgian clapboards with wrap- 
around porches all had these broom-etched yards. It was 
the way country yards were, just as urban ones were grassy. 
Now and again, even in an urban environment, you may see 
these swept yards. 

Anne Yentsch explains their ubiquitous visibility. 
"African women in their homelands used grass brooms to 
sweep the compound clean. A good deal of the mother's 
time was spent outside. The measure of a good woman 
was how properly her yard was kept. When these black 
people were brought to America, the tradition of the 
clean-swept yard came with them." 

Savannah and its diverse environs provide a goldrush 
of histories, people, languages, and cultures for the public 
historian. "Savannah is amazing," Anders says. "I remem- 
ber driving here for the first time in nearly total awe 
thinking, 'I cannot believe this place.' It's unreal." 

For two months last year, Anders and Julie Oliver, 
another graduate student, assessed the condition of a 
Savannah landmark, the water tank at the historic 
Central of Georgia Roundhouse complex. After getting 
tetanus shots and donning rubber boots, they climbed 
twenty-five feet to the top of the aged cast-iron tank and 
lowered themselves inside. While slogging calf-deep in a 
rusty syi'up of water, they evaluated each panel and bolt 

in the tank. Their report will help preservationists determine the cost and materials 
needed to restore the structure. 

"What really interests me is getting out there and getting dirty and working at some- 
thing," Anders says. "That's part of the beauty of public history — you can be an archae- 
ologist, an archivist, or a policy maker. The opportunities are as vast as the field itself." 

"Savannah is amazing, ^^ 
says Paula Anders, a public 
history graduate student. 
"I remember driving here for 
the first time in nearly total 
awe thinking, 1 cannot believe 
this place. ^ Ifs unreal. ^^ 

— RS 

(inset) Slave quarters at the HermKage Plantation outside 
Savannah, photographed in the early 1900s. Courtesy of 
the Georgia Department of Archives and History. 



Stereopticon courtesy of V. and J. Duncan Antique Maps, Prints, and Books. 

Public historians are intrigued with men like this 
roofer in the oxcart. He sits on a load of hand-hewn oak 
that will be made into shingles. In the background, three 
men in top hats wait for him to begin. The roofer works 
barefooted on a chilly December day in the 1890s. This is 
coastal Georgia Low Country. 



Armstrong Senior Art Exhibition, Fine Arts 


Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Columbus, 

2:00 P.M. 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Columbus, 


Faculty Lecture Series, Eighth Annual 

Sebastian Dangerfield St. Patrick's Week 

Talk and Irish Coffee Reception, 12:15 PM., 

Jenkins Auditorium 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Adelphi, 

2:00 PM. 

Plaza Suite, performed by Armstrong 

Masquers, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 PM., 

Sunday, 2:00 PM., Jenkins Auditorium 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. USC Aiken, 

2:00 PM. 

Kids Nite Out, 707 Dalmatians, 

stage version, 2:00 RM. and 6:00 PM. 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. USC Aiken, 


Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Sacred Heart, 

2:00 PM. 

Education Career Day 1995, students and 

graduates interview with school systems 

throughout the Southeast 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Springfield, 

2:00 PM. 


First day of classes 


First Congressional District High School Art 

Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery 

Alumni Association Fashion Show 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Albany State, 

1:00 RM. 

Faculty Lecture Series, Venom in the 

Garden of Eden: Joint-Footed Animals that 

Fhgue Homo sapiem, 12:15 RM., 

Health Professions Auditorium 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. North Florida, 

2:00 RM. 

Men's baseball, Ai-mstrong vs. Francis 

Marion, 3:00 PM. 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Francis 

Marion, noon 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Valdosta 

State, 3:00 RM. 

Reception for First Congressional District 

High School Art Exhibition, 4:00-6:00 RM., 

Fine Arts Gallery 

Crimes of the Heart, performed by 

Armstrong Masquers, Friday and Saturday 

8:00 RM., Sunday 2:00 RM., Jenkins 


Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Augusta, 

3:00 RM. 

Armstrong Concert Choir, 8:30 RM., 

Fine Aits Auditorium 

Men's baseball, Armstrong vs. Augusta, 

3:00 RM. 

























Armstrong Community Band Concert, 
8:00 PM., Fine Arts Auditorium 
Overcoat, children's show, performed by 
Armstrong Masquers, Friday and Saturday, 
8:00 RM., Sunday 2:00 PM., Jenkins 

Faculty Lecture Series, Bawdy Tales in the 
Middle Ages: The Medieval Fabliaux, 
12:15 RM., Health Professions Auditorium 



Faculty Lecture Series, Multimedia Is the 

Message, 12:L5 RM., Health Professions 


Undergraduate and graduate advisement 

and advance registration 

Armstrong Student Juried Exhibition, 

Fine Arts Gallery 

Armstrong Percussion Ensemble Concert, 

8:00 RM., Fine Arts Auditorium 

Armstrong Jazz Ensemble Concert, 

8:00 RM., Fine Arts Auditorium 

Campus 60th Birthday Party, Musical 

Comedy with Kier, noon. Memorial College 

Center Patio 

Faculty Lecture Series, The Birthday 

Lecture, 12:15 RM., Health Professions 



Ai'mstrong Wind Ensemble Concert, 

8:00 PM., Fine Arts Auditorium 

Armstrong Choir Concert, 8:00 RM., 

Fine Arts Auditorium 

Armstr-ong Student Juried Exhibition ends 

Last day of classes 

Final exams 


Registration, sessions A, C, and D 

First day of classes, sessions A, C, and D 


Independence Day holiday 

Mid-term, session A 

Mid-term, session D 

Last day of undergraduate classes, session A 

Final exams, session A 

Registration, session B 

First day of undergraduate classes, 

session B 

Mid-term, session C 

Undergraduate and graduate advisement 

and advance registration 

Mid-term, session B 


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Side window of the 
schoolhouse at 
Seabrook Village. 
It is here that 
public history 
students listen to 
residents recount 
their struggles with 
the three "Rs." 
The restoration of 
the schoolhouse 
was undertaken by 
the Seabrook 



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HlC T 8 I C AND P F R N T 

Armstrong Magazine is published twice 

a year by the Office of College Advancement 

at Armstrong State College. 

For additional information about 

articles or activities at the college, 

contact the Editor, 

Armstrong Magazine, 

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Education, District 3 

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Lauretta Hannon, editor 

Robert Strozier '49, Tina Gaskins '96, 

contributing writers 

Gail Brannen, pliotographer 

Joan Lehon '92, 

chief production assistant 

Ramona Harmon '96, 

editorial assistant 

Don Bagwell: Digital Impact, 

graphic design 


Robert A. Burnett, president 

Office of College Advancement 


The Office of College Advancement 

encompasses development, alumni affairs, 

public relations, and the Armstrong State 

College Foundation, Inc. 

John A. Gehrm II, Wee president 

Wm. Cebie Smith, director of alumni affairs 

and annual fund 

Lauretta Hannon, 

director of public relations 

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assistant director of development 

Dorothy Eckhart, 

advancement office accountant 

Gail Brannen, artist and photographer 

Joan Lehon '92, publications specialist 

Patricia Parker '95, 

contributions administrator and 

prospect research specialist 

Linda Hansen, 

secretary to the vice president 

Zelene Tremble, alumni affairs secretary 

Tammy Wilkes '96, alumni assistant 

Beth Gottschall '96, 

development assistant 

Ramona Harmon '96, 

public relations assistant 

Armstrong State College is a senior unit of 

the University System of Georgia. 

The Armstrong community includes 

approximately 5,300 undergraduate and 

graduate students and 250 faculty. 

Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 

Armstrong today serves a rich gamut of 

traditional and nontraditional students from 

across the state, the nation, and the world. 

Printed on recycled paper. 

Terrorismi.Made in the U.S.A. 

The rise in homegrown terrorism sparks questions 
about civil liberties and public safety. 

Students Illustrated 

A few facts about our most 
impressive figures 

Red Army Blues 

Alive with the fire of freedom, Estonia declared itsell 

independent from the Soviet Union in 1989 

An Armstrong professor was there 





Math Minus the Fear 

Anne Hudson's formula for math success 
has won international acclaim, but don't expect 
/•^ her to cany on about it 

Remembering A Leadee 










Campus achievements and adventures. 

Foundation News 

Alumni Line 

News for and about Armstrong alumni. 


Inside back cover 


The Little Magazine 
That Could 

here once was a 
magazine that won 
ahnost every award 
in the land. Although 
the editor was very 
pleased that the little publication was 
getting recognition, she was also sad. It 
seemed that when it came to the maga- 
zine, her 10,000 readers were spectating 
more than participating. Knowing that 
this group was normally a gregarious and 
loquacious lot, she began to worry. "Do 
they realize that the magazine is theirs? 
Do they know that their input shapes the 
direction of the publication?" 

As the editor finished writing this 
woeful tale, a light through yonder hill- 
side broke — an alumnus was on the 
phone with an idea for a future issue. 
"Hurrah! Hurrah!" cried the editor. "The 
readers are responding! Long live 
Armstrong Magaziner 

Although the story is silly, the mes- 
sage is serious: if we communicate, 
Armstrong Magazine will thrive. If we do 
not, we'll have to scrap the happy ending 
and all go home. 

Lauretta Hannon 




Armstrong's national champs. From left to right: Monika Wisser, Regina 
Wieser, Katrin Bauersachs, Jeanine Christian, Coach Mark Beyers, Sandra 
van der Aa, Ilka Mathiak, Hiskia van der Leij. 

First, First, First 

The women's tennis team won a school-record, third-consecu- 
tive Peach Belt title. Ranked number one for the entire year, the 
Pirates became the first college team to bring a national champi- 
onship to Savannah and Chatham County. Led by ail-Americans 
Sandra van der Aa, Jeanine Christian, Regina Wieser, and Monika 
Wisser, the team was honored by the city council and the county 
commission. Van der Aa finished the year ranked second national- 
ly among division II players. 

Raising a Stink 

ISAushrooms Make Campus an Olfactory ISJightmare 

hroughout the summer, students and faculty were assaulted by the 
stench of strange mushrooms that sprouted up in flower beds across 
campus. According to Grounds Superintendent Philip Schretter, the 
wet weather combined with spores in the mulch created 
a perfect environment for the fungi to flourish. 


Mark Finlay, assistant professor of 
history, has been named co-winner of the 
an international award that recognizes 
scholarship on the history of German 
chemistry. Finlay received the honor in 
Germany last year on the strength of four 
articles on chemist Justus von Liebig. He 
was invited back to speak at Bernburg 
and Giessen where he gave talks on Liebi; 
and agricultural chemistry. 





Frank Butler, vice president 
and dean of faculty, partici- 
pated in a study tour to 
Germany sponsored by the 
Fulbright Commission. He 
visited technical institutions, univer- 
sities, and secondary schools in Bonn, 
Saxony, Berlin, and Brandenburg. 
Despite "arguing with conductors on 
the Bundesbahn," Butler says the 
Fulbright experience confirmed his 
belief that "we should be able to move 
around the world adapting, adjusting, 
accommodating." Butler was particu- 
larly impressed with the vocational 
education programs, an "eye-opening 
reminder" of how such programs are 
lagging in the U.S. 

The Real 

If you think the library is a boring place, 
think again. Shirley Goodson '52, a Lane 
Library staffer, compiled the following bits 
of library lore for Armstrong Magazine 

Memorable Questions Asked by Students 

► Do you have the video of Lincoln's 
Gettysburg Address? 

► Do you know the effects of birth control 
pills on plants? 

► When it rains I notice that bubbles form 
in puddles — why is that? 

► I'd like to find a love poem, you know, 
uh, you have a really hot one? 


Librarians report that a particular 
videotape continues to mysteriously 
disappear off the shelf. The videotape — 
The Nature of Sex. 

To Catch a Thief 

At press time, the latest adventure at 
Lane Library involved two crime-fighting 
student workers who nabbed a would-be 
book thief. Nicole Willis and Too Dang 
chased the bibliotaker out of the library 
and persuaded him to hand over the goods, 
which turned out to be books on computer 
hacking and security on the Internet. 




Armstrong 1935: The Faculty 

Here's the 
Armstrong Junior 
College faculty 
waiting for the first 
day of classes to 
begin on September 
20, 1935. There 
were 168 students 
enrolled. College 
tuition was $35, a 
rate which contin- 
ued until the 1950s. 

People were 
driving Hupmobiles, 
Chevys, and the 
exotic-sounding Hudson Terraplane. The 
Armstrong "boys" and "girls" swimming 
teams practiced at the YMCA and YWCA. 

They posed for the yearbook by the palm- 
shaded outdoor pool at the old DeSoto 

In his dedication 
of the first yearbook 
{'Geechee, 1937), stu- 
dent editor Hinckley 
Murphy described 
Ai'mstrong as a place 
where individuals 
have "high purpose 
and courage" and are 
"friendly to truth." 

Sixty years later - 
his words make a fit- 
ting description of 
how Ai'mstrong State 
College continues to 
realize the dreams 
and pragmatics of its first faculty and stu- 
dent body. —RS 

Armstrong Celebrates 
Sixty Good Ones 

The college recognized its diamond 
■ anniversary with a rousing celebration on 
May 27. A historic marker recording the 
relationship between the college and the 
City of Savannah-was unveiled at 
Armstrong House, 
now occupied by 
the law firm 
Bouhan, Williams 

The ceremonial 
highlight was a 

Helen Strozier '51, Bette Jo Krapf 72, and 
Joan Schwartz '70 admire the Armstrong busts 
at the diamond anniversary celebration. 

ffice of College Advancement Appointments 

John A. Gehrm, vice president for college advancprae^t, is pleased to announcfe 
the following appointments. "' " N^ 

Patricia Parker '95 has been named contributions administratofvand prospect 
research specialist in the Office of College Advancement. Before accepting this 
position, Parker was assistant contributions administrator at the college. 

Lauretta Hannon isthe new director of public I'elations. Since fall 1993, Hannon 
has been assistanWTirector of public relations at Armstrong and editor ol Armstrong 
Magazine. She replaces Bob Strozier '4^ who retired laVt July. - 

proclamation by Mayor Susan Weiner des- 
ignating May 27, 1995 as Ai'mstrong State 
College Day Ai1 professor John Jensen 
presented magnificent objects d'arte 
depicting the five presidents of Armstrong 
in bas-relief, bronzed plaques. Bronzed 
busts of George F. Armstrong and Lucy 
Camp Armstrong 
Moltz were also 
unveiled. The art is 
on permanent dis- 
play in the 
Building lobby 

"I LOVE Armstrong almost 


Armstrong was such a great place. My tennis career began when I played against 
Coach Sims on the red clay courts in Forsyth Park. The nets were made of chicken 
wire, but we didn't care — we loved eveiy minute of it. We had street dances at 
night and all sorts of things going on. 

It's only natural that I chose to remember Armstrong in my will. It's a veiy easy 
thing to do. If I can do it, anybody can. 




Associate of Arts, Education 

#1 ranked player in Geori^a in Women's 50 Singles 



'poken like a true champion. 

We would like to know if you have remembered 
Armstrong in your will. It's important to contact us 
to ensure that things are done according to your 
wishes. We can give guidance and work with your , 
attorney to see that your will is correctly wor 
as a few words can make a big difference in 
your gift is used. For example, few people realizg' 
thai when making any kind of gift to the college, 

y should specify the Armstr^g^tate Co^ge 
)undation. Inc. ^, -/- * 

reason for wanting to kpfow ifydu've listeu 

Id like to , 


Contributors to 
the Armstrong 
State College 
Foundation, Inc. 
are entitled to 
all tax benefits 
authorized by 


as a 

The Armstrong State College 
Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors are 

the people who make it happen. They are 
business and communityjeaders who give 
their time, professionai^pertise, and 
support to obtain resources for the college. 

Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr. 'hZ, president 

Jane A. Feiler 74, vice president 

John A. Gehrm II, executive vice president 

& assistant secretary 
M. Lane Morrison, secretary 
J. Cliff McCurry, treasurer 
Dorothy M. Eckhart, assistant treasurer 
Curtis G. Anderson 
Robert H. Demere, Jr. 
Helen Downing 
Richard A. Estus 
Brian R. Foster 
Jack M. Jones .,, 
Donald A. Kole 
J. Curtis Lewis, III 
Nick J. Mamalakis 
Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 
Willis J. Potts, Jr. 
Philip Solomons, Sr.^38 
Arrtbld Tenenbaum 
Irving Victor '41, adjunct 
Susan S. Weiner, adjunct 

NSFRE Honorg 
Board Members 

Two directors were recently honored by the 
Coastal Qeorgia Chapter of the National 
Society of Fund Raising Executives 
(NSFRE). Curtis G. Anderson was named 
an Outstanding Philanthropist and Arthur 
M. Gignilliat, Jr. '^3 was recognized as an 
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. 

V The newest 

directors of the 


State College 
Foundation, Inc. 



e are not Gibraltar yet, but we can give a pretty good imitation 
these days, as you can see from the list of major gifts that follows. These 
gifts, solicited and received through the Armstrong State College 
Foundation, Inc., enhance the solid base upon which the college stands. 
Donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations are creating 
a proper fortress for our future. The mission of the college evolves, What 
was once a mere possibility now becomes a vibrant actualits^ through 
such gifts. 


■ The George W. Jenkins Foundation, Inc. (Publix Super Markets, 
Inc.) - $10,000 over five years 

This gift creates an endowed general scholarship for deserving students. 

■ Anonymous - $10,000 

Undesignated funds for the advancement of Armstrong. 

■ Belk Foundation - $25,000 over five years 

The Belk Foundation established a general scholarship endowment 
known as the Belk Stores Scholarship Fund. 

■ St. Joseph's Hospital - $30,000 

Funds in support of the Department of Physical Therapy. 

■ Candler Health System - $30,000 

Support for the Department of Physical Therapy. 

■ Candler Health System - $90,000 over three years 

These funds will benefit Armstrong's Sports Medicine Program. 

■ Kuhlman Corporation - $100,000 over five years 

This gift will be used to upgrade the campus computer network system. 

PRESIDENTS CLUB ^ Charter Members 

The Presidents Club honors the present and past presidents of Armstrong State College. 
Funds from the Presidents Club help the college secure the resources necessary to 
maintain a margin of academic excellence. Charter membership is currently open in all 
three annual giving levels. 


$1,000 to $2,499 annually: 

Bob & Mary Burnett 
John & Hester Gehrm 
Bob & Helen Strozier 
Marie Simmons 
Melaver, Incorporated 
Fred Williams Homes 
Herbert S. Traub 
Nick Mamalakis 
Jane & Edwin Feiler 
Ruth & Frank Barragan 
Cissie & Irving Victor 
Emma Thomson Simon 
S. Lloyd Newberry 

Genevieve & Nancy White 
David H. Dickey 
Ross L. Bowers 
Joe & Marilyn Buck 
Frank A. Butler 
Employees of Kroger #404, 

Abercorn St. 
Helen & Ned Downing 
Savannah News-Press 
W. Ray Persons 
Luci Li Murdock 
Ray Gaster 
Kathy & Cliff McCurry 
Chatham Steel Corporation 
Lowe's of south Savannah 

Steak and Ale, Savannah 
Robert & Susan Lefavi 
Jack M. Jones 
Kaye & Donald Kole 
Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 


$2,500 to $4,999 annually: 

Colonial Oil Industries. Inc. 
NationsBank of Georgia NA 
Molly Gignilliat 

$5,000 or more annually: 

Curtis G, Anderson 

Curtis G. Anderson 

President snd Chief Operating 
OfUcer. Kuhlman Corporation 

Robert H. Demere, Jr. 

President. Colonial Oil 
Industries, Inc. 

Helen Downing 

Community volunteer 

Richard A. Estus 

President, Estus Outdoor 


Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. Balance Sheet • June 30, 1995 



Contributions receivable 
Prepaid expenses 



Accrued audit fee 

44, 778 


92, 175 


$ 497,203 

$ 3, 000 

494, 203 

$ 497,203 


In-kind contributions 
Interest income 
Investment income 
Net unrealized and realized 

gains on investments 
Net assets released from 
Satisfaction of program 

Total support and revenue $ 409, 118 

222, 818 

153, 612 


11, 236 

21, 141 


Board of Regents assessment $ 1, 000 

Program expenses 76, 987 

Scholarships 39, 884 

Fund raising 79, 631 

Management and general 13, 391 

Total expenses $ 210,893 
Increase in net assets $ 198, 225 

Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. Methods of Giving 

Although the most common method of giving to the 
college IS wnting a check, several other options exist 
for alumni and friends who wish to support Armstrong 
by giving to the Armstrong State College Foundation. 

1. CASH. A gift of cash to the Armstrong State College 
Foundation is to your advantage. For example, a 
$2,000 cash gift before December 31 (in the twenty- 
eight percent marginal tax bracket) saves $560 in 
taxes. A higher tax bracket will generate greater tax 

2. SECURITIES. Gifts of appreciated securities are one 
of the most advantageous ways of giving. If your gift of 
stock has been owned for over a year, you may deduct 
the full market value of the stock, while bypassing 
capital gains taxes. 

3. REAL ESTATE. Gifts of appreciated real estate are 
like gifts of appreciated stock. Assuming you have 
owned the property for over a year, you may deduct 
the fair market value of real estate as a charitable 
contribution and avoid capital gains taxes. 

4. INSURANCE. Life insurance is a unique way to 
give to Armstrong. Qualification is based on 
Armstrong's becoming owner and beneficiary. On a 
paid jp policy, your charitable contribution is generally 
the replacement value or cost basis of the policy, 
whichever is less. Premiums paid on a gift life 
insurance policy also qualify for deductions. 

5. PERSONAL PROPERTY. Gift of tangible personal 
property related to Armstrong State College's exempt 
purposes are fully tax deductible at fair market value. 

6. UNITRUST. The unitrust offers substantial tax savings 
while providing annual income to you or your family. The 
unitrust is funded with a donated asset; appreciated 
property or securities are usually best. Within the 
unitrust, assets can be sold and proceeds reinvested to 
produce a greater yield for the donor(s) or beneficiary. 
Income is a fixed percentage of the net asset value of 
the trust and is valued annually. If the value of the trust 
increases, so does the income payout, providing a 
hedge against inflation. Immediate benefits of a unitrust 
include: current income tax deduction; bypass of capital 
gains taxes when sold; and usually an increase in 

7. LEAD TRUST. Charitable lead trust provides 
immediate support for Armstrong State College through 
income generated by the assets in trust for a set 
period of time. The assets then pass to a non-charitable 
beneficiary such as the donor, the donor's children, or 
other persons the donor specifies. In a lead trust, the 
donor gives the foundation the current economic benefit 
of the transferred assets and retains the right to 
reacquire possession and control of the assets in the 

8. BEQUEST IN WILL. A bequest is a gift of any amount 
or form made to the foundation in a donor's will. 

Bequests may provide for a specific dollar amount in 
cash, specific securities, specific articles of tangible 
personal property, or a percentage of the residue of the 

Matching gifts can significantly increase your contribution 
to Armstrong. Check with your personnel office for 

The Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. is the 
legal entity designated to receive charitable contributions 
on behalf of Armstrong State College. The foundation is 
a non-profit Georgia corporation and is exempt from 
federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the 
Internal Revenue Code. 

The foundation encourages the solicitation and 
acceptance of gifts from individuals, corporations, and 
foundations which enable it to fulfill the college's 
purposes of teaching, research, and community service. 
All gifts must comply with the gift policy of the Armstrong 
State College Foundation, Inc. 

Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. 

11935 Abercorn Street 

Savannah. Georgia 31419-1997 

(912)927-5263 • fax (912) 921-5740 


Jack M. Jones 

Pmte investor 

Donald A. Kole 

Owner, Kole Investment 



J. Curtis Lewis, III 

Partner. Hunter. Lewis & 
Brannon Attorneys 


President, Savanna/i office 

Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton Company of 



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Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 

Vice President, Savannah Foods 
& Industries 

Arnold Tenenbaum 

President, Chatham Steel 






he firefighter cradles the baby's limp body 
nd turns away from the ganglia of twisted 
cables and fallen concrete slabs — it is the 
image that galvanized the entire country. 

While the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah 
Building in Oklahoma City looms 
like a grisly icon in a national 
nightmare, the tragedy has also 
sparked questions about 
whether a free society can pre- 
vent terrorist acts. 

In the aftermath of 
Oklahoma City many Americans cried for tougher laws 
to combat terrorism. The first calls were heard to give 
more power to the F.B.I, and to strengthen security mea 
sures across the country Others argued that infringing 
on individual freedoms would be unconstitutional and 
do nothing to make us safer. They also point to past 
F.B.I, scandals involving the disruption and harassment 
of peaceful organizations. 

According to Gordon Armstrong, assistant professor 
of criminal justice, domestic terrorism is here to stay 
"It's the warfare of the 90s," he says. "We have to accom- 
modate it: it is certainly not going to accommodate us." 

Without reasonable restrictions on what we can do, 


"Terrorism is the warfare of the 90s," says 
Gordon Armstrong, assistant professor of crim- 
inal justice. 

Armstrong believes the U.S. will remain \ailnerable 
to terrorist activitj^. "I'm not talking about an aban- 
donment of individual liberties; 1 simply mean 
selective restrictions that will allow us to function 
smoothly as a society." 

Although many find his views alarming, 
Armstrong insists that such restrictions would be 
more irritating than invasive. "Your freedom of 
movement is already restricted at airports, when 
you have to go through a metal detector," he says. 
"People tend to quickly understand and accept the 
need for such restrictions. Face it — despite the 
annoyance of it, it's a hell of a lot better than having 



six feet of dirt over your 
iiead or not being able 
to find your body parts." 
Armstrong explains 
that terrorists in 
America can easily go 
unchecked and assume 
different identities in 
the current system. 
Federal authorities have only an after-the-fact abili- 
ty to trace movements through telephone and cred- 
it card records. He would support an F.B.l.-main- 
tained database of fingerprints and DNA samples on 

every citizen. While this notion could even make Big 
Brother do a double take, Armstrong sees nothing wrong 
with having a central repository of information. 

"We already compile tax records and educational 
records because there's a valid need for them. We need 
to be able to document that you did or did not achieve a 
particular educational qualification or that you did or 
did not pay your taxes," he says. "Should we be able to 
document that you do in fact exist as a citizen of this 
country? 1 think so." 

Armstrong does not expect his views to be well- 
received. "A lot of people will think 1 am a wacko," he 
says. "And guess what? I don't care. 1 believe that the 
good of the whole comes first. You take the measures 
that protect the whole. We don't have those measures in 
place. That's why we are unprepared." 

Like any other criminal conspiracies, terrorist 
groups are best attacked by infiltration. Armstrong 
asserts that a national identification system would help 
agents penetrate groups and gather intelligence. 

As the debate rages about civil liberties and the pub- 
lic's safety, there is the naive notion that terrorism in 
^^^ -_ the U.S. is a modern phe- 
JHHjj^^^ nomenon. But Armstrong 


points to the very begin- 
nings of our country's histo- 
ry. "We were a fairly terror- 
istic group to King George 
111, the sitting governor. He 
owned this country, and we 
enacted a terrorist, guerril- 
la campaign to oust him," 
he says. "Terrorism was the 
root of the American 

Apparently, it's all in how 
you look at it. "The revolutionaries did not consider 
themselves terrorists, but the governor's of the colonies 
certainly did. One man's terrorism is another man's free- 
dom fight." — LH 

in America 
can easily 
identities in 
tlie current 


n a year they ask campus librarians 15,000 question!; 

consume 88,504 Chick-fil-A Nuggets; and receive 3,261 traffic 

^v^— ^^ 

tickets. In the classroom they are engaged, inspired, and 


propelled to accomplislimeiit. Outside the classroom, many 

i . 

are mapping their academic paths around jobs and family 

obligations. Whatever their story, they are the life o/ Armstrong. 


Left: Michael Walker received a pocketwatch (at far left) as a college 
graduation gift from his earliest childhood friend. As he begins law 
school, the watch becomes a symbol of his passage into life after 


42% ARE 25 OR OLDER 


ou will never find Michael Walker's 

favorite quote on a greeting card or refrigerator magnet. The 
quote comes from one of his heroes, Frederick Douglass. After 
the Civil War, Douglass supporters asked the great abolitionist 
what they should do. He responded, "Agitate. Agitate." 

While history major Walker could not exactly be called an 
agitator, his four years at Armstrong were marked by extensive 
involvement and achievement. As editor of the Inkwell, he 
penned provocative essays that never shied from difficult issues, 
and he dazzled audiences with a leading role in a Masquers' pro- 

He was an outspoken campus leader who always seemed to 
have a hundred irons in the fire. His tonic for the hectic pace: 
several hours a day of cool-hot Dave Brubeck jazz. 

At press time Walker, 22, had just graduated and was prepar- 
ing for law school, a prerequisite for the career he plans in public 

"I've always had the sense that I'm here to help on a broad 
scale," he says. "Law seems the most logical vehicle for this. I'd 
like to see myself in the realm of statesmanship, in an elected, 
appointed, ox self-appointed position." 



Doreen Higgins and Fitz — the inspi- 
ration for her children's book, The 
Story of Little Dog, which hit Beijing 
bookstores last year. The book sells 
for 37c and details the exploits of 
frisky dog that chases cats and 
rescues lost children. 


Doreen Higgins imagine the dl^lculty 
of writing a book in another language and having it 
published in a foreign country. That is exactly what 
Doreen Higgins did. Her children's bo gl^ e Story 
of Little Dog, hit Beijing bookstores la 

A decade ago ^e began studying Chinese, a baf- 
fling language with plenty of symbols but no alpha- 
bet. To relieve th6 tedium of Chinese langi age exer- 
cises, Higgins would compose simplelfenieiices that 
she turned into children's 

"So much has to be ^° 
was the only way I couIcthh^^ «»| f^v^^j .w.v. 
but that doesn't tell us mucn^lWR ilromnciation." 


<•)♦"■**" • 


Her eleven-year-old Be 
the tales, which describe t 
but mischievous mutt. Wrt 
lated into English, The Stai 
help Chinese children learn 

While taking sociology anc 
Armstrong, Br|^)orn Higgii 
I torate degree Mirket reseai 
London. She i 
'I have taken some'! 

- ammy Wilkes Tammy Wllkes is worried about 
yoiw health. In fact, she's concerned about everyone's well- 
ness. "I want to change people's attitudes about health and 
how they live their lives," she says. "A lot of folks have an 'it 
can't happen to me' attitude instead of focusing on preven- 

Wilkes, a twenty-two-year old health science senior, 
plans to create wellness programs in hospitals or other set- 
tings. "1 don't want to just gripe about health care, I want 
to do something about it." 

As an energetic yet steady student, she maintains a 
4.0 G.P.A. while juggling two part-time jobs and a "full-time 
husband." During the week it's common to find her review- 

mg classroom notes or polishing up papers at 1:00 A.M. 
Wilkes, who is as small as a comma, fuels her all- 
nighters with chocolate bars and colas. 

Despite the mammoth workload, she has never 
regretted her decision to attend Armstrong. "I went to a 
large university and didn't like it," she says. "1 thrive in 
a small, intimate classroom setting where you have per- 
sonal contact with your professor Everyone at 
Armstrong is always willing to help you out and go the 
extra mile." 

Armstrong State College 


19 3 5 

19 9 5 

Sixty Great Years 



Past presidents of the 
Alumni Association were 
lionored at the Annual 
Homecoming Dinner. 

Over the past year, Armstrong aficionados have 

attended a record number of alumni events . Honoring 

presidents and athletes, alumni and students, 

the college measured its six decades of the good life 

in Savannah, 

Irving Victor '41 and 

President Burnett swap 

stories at the Armstrong 

House reception. 

Armstrongfs 60th Birthday 

MAY 27. 1995 » 

Left: Henry Ashmc^e, president of Armstrong from 1964 to 1982, partici- 
pated in the day's activities. He is seen here talking with John Stegall, 
/ vice president for business and finance. Ashmore passed away in October. 

Right: An induction banquet was held for the first members of the 

Armstrong Athletic Hall of Fame. From left to right: Coach B.J. Ford, 

Terralyn Edwards '83, 

Coach Bill Alexander, 

Sam Beriy '76, 

Ike Williams '75, 

Charlie Broad '88, 

Buddy Mallard '60, and 

Danny Sims ''68. 

*See page 4vr details 





Edwin B. Fountain '49 reports from Garfield 
on a long and exciting life: studies at 
Armstrong, the University of Georgia, 
Lexington Baptist College, the University of 
Kentucky, and other colleges. He has also 
been involved in acting, writing, poetry, 
library work, and served as executor for the 
Metcaif Fund at the American Institute of 
Arts and Sciences. 

Edward W. Killorin '49, of the Atlanta firm 
Killorin & Killorin, represented Armstrong at 
the inauguration of the president of Emory 

IVIarilyn Sickel Smitii '49 and her husband 
Albert are the owners of Temptations II, a 
gift and Christmas shop on Savannah's River 


Erwin A. Friedman '50, vice president of the 
Savannah Land Company, was named to 
Redeeming the American Promise, a college 
desegregation panel sponsored by the 
Southern Education Foundation. 

IVlax Johns '58 has retired from the U.S. 
Treasury Department, returned to Savannah, 
and intends to resume his teaching career. 
He taught at Armstrong and Savannah State 
from 1969-1975. 


Dan NeSmith '61 has joined Savannah Bank 
as a vice president and is manager of the 
new West Chatham branch. 

Franc S. Exiey '62 has a private law practice 
in Savannah and has been named to the 
executive council of the Young Lawyers 
Section of the State Bar of Georgia. 

Yancy B. Farmer '62 is the co-owner of 
Spanish Moss Printing Company in 

Faye Kirschner '65, physical education 
teacher at the Port Wentworth Elementary 
School, has completed twenty-seven years of 
teaching with the Savannah/Chatham 


County Board of Education. She is ranked 
first in the state in the fifty and older age 
group in women's tennis singles. 

Judy Newsome '68, '87 is a social studies 
teacher in Savannah. 

L. Steplien Mobley '68 has been awarded 
the Dr. Zeb L. Burrell Jr. Distinguished 
Service Award for his efforts in emergency 
medical care in Georgia. He is director of 
Memorial Medical Center's MedStar 
Ambulance Service. 

Les Carter '69 is with the U.S. Army Corps 
of Engineers in Savannah. 

Gary Dorminey '69 of Carrollton represented 
Armstrong at the inauguration of the presi- 
dent of West Georgia College. 

Deborali Getz Hattrich '69 is a member of 
the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

James L. Wilson, Jr. '69 has been elected to 
his third term as president of the Savannah 
Pharmaceutical Association. He is president 
of the Professional Home Medical Supply 
Company in Savannah. 


Virginia Groover DeLoach '70 returned to 
Armstrong for a graduate degree in educa- 
tion with a concentration in reading. She's 
been principal at Mercer Elementary School 
in Savannah for seventeen years. 

Bobbie Epting '70 has become the first 
director of development for the Franklin 
College of Arts and Sciences at the 
University of Georgia. 

Roderick L Powell '72 is the director of 
human resources at the National Center for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 
Atlanta. Rod and his wife Paula have three 
sons and live in Conyers. 

Downer K. Davis '73 has opened his own 
firm, Davis Engineering, specializing in con- 
sulting engineering services for residential 
and commercial projects in Savannah. 

David H. Dickey '74, a partner with the 
Savannah law firm of Oliver, Manor & Gray, 
has received the accredited estate planner 
designation from the National Association of 
Estate Planning Councils. 

Mark J. Mamalakis, Jr. '74 has become 
president of the Savannah J & M Oil 
Distributing Company. 

Harry Christiansen '75 is a lieutenant 
colonel in the U.S. Army and serves as a 
leadership development officer on the army 
staff at the Pentagon. 

Susan Morgan '75 is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

W. Ray Persons '75 completed his law 
degree at Ohio State University in 1978. He 
is a partner in the firm of Swift, Currie, 
McGhee & Hiers in Atlanta. 

Kenneth D. Council '77 is the manager of 
the contract administration/crude supply for 
the Lyondell-Citgo Refining Co. in Houston, 
Texas. He serves on Lyondell's Diversity 
Council which addresses gay issues. 

Mark Stall '77 has been elected secretary 

of the Savannah Toastmasters Club 705 for 

Patricia Reese '78 is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce's Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

Beverley Cratty McCraw '79 received her 
BSN in 1994 and works at Advantage Health 
Services of Savannah. 


Fran George Arnsdorff '80 has been elected 
president of the regional Girl Scouts 
Council. She is a member of the Chamber of 
Commerce Leadership Savannah Class of 

Joseph E. Becton '80 is with the Georgia 
Board of Pardons and Paroles. He is a mem- 
ber of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and 
served in Operation Desert Storm, Desert 
Shield, and the Somalia Support. He has 
been assigned to work with the 1996 
Olympics in Savannah. 

Sallie Powell Boyles '80 has received her 

master's degree in clinical counseling from 
Clemson University. 

Howard E. Spiva '80 has been elected 
regional vice president of the Georgia Trial 
Lawyers Association. He is in private prac- 
tice in Savannah. 

Jimmy Danos '81 is the vice president for 
retail leasing specializing in shopping cen- 
ters and commercial buildings for the 
Workman Company in Roswell. 

Alfred Owens '81 was named a Hometown 
Hero by WTOC-TV in Savannah. 

Craig Harney '82 is operations manager at 
WTOC-TV in Savannah. He and wife Suzanne 
'83 have a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth. 

Peter D. IVluller '82 is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

Charles G. Mangan '83 has been promoted 
to security investigator for the Atlanta Gas 
Light Company and is responsible for the 
Georgia and Tennessee offices. He is a 
member of the Chamber of Commerce 
Leadership Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

IVIicliael H. Barker '84, clerk of Superior 
Court of Chatham County, has been named 
to the executive council of the Young 
Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia. 

Deborali Kellerman Flack '70, '84 opened a 
general practice and general surgery office 
last summer. She is the mother of three chil- 

I N 

Theodore Allen '72 • November 1994 

Robert H. Best '57 

Henry A. Blumenthal '59 

Lillian Bordeaux '41 

Eleanor W. Boyd '40 • June 12, 1995 

Shirley Hood Bryant '79 • February 27, 


Frances Burton '41 

Douglas Allen Cartee '88 • March 6, 1996 

Marsha J. Clitherow '84 • January 3, 1994 

Arthur Cody '61 • September 6, 1995 

Herbert B. Craven, III '88 • November 11, 


Mary M. Daly '78 

Edwin C. Eckles '48 • July 12, 1995 

Ben Francis Fargason '74 • 1995 

Louis S. Farley '58 

Gary Fodor '78 • February 24, 1995 

Andrew A. Fountain 

Julie S. Gaudry '94 • September 1994 

Robert D. Gunn '48 • March 25, 1995 

Bonnie S. Hall 

Leslie T. Hart '39 • July 26, 1995 

Mamie M. Hart '74 • January 2, 1994 

Nelson Haslam '47 • 1974 

Julian M. Head '61 • February 18, 1994 

James M. Heidt '69 • May 4, 1994 

Sara Hill '52 

Electa R. Hoffman '37 • July 13, 1995 

Philip Hoffman '49 

William E. Hutchinson '55 • AphI 25, 1995 

Althea Elizabeth Johnson '89 • 1994 

dren and lives in Folkston with her youngest 
daughter, Leila. Flack was Armstrong's first 
female to graduate with a degree in chem- 
istry. ' 

Michael S. Matz '84 is a dentist in general 
practice. He has been awarded a fellowship 
in the Academy of General Dentistry and 
lives with his wife Ellen and sons Joshua and 
Zachary in Wyncote, PA, outside of 

J. Craig Moore '84 is the process engineer 
and vice president at Natrochem, Inc. 
Moore, wife Lisa, and two-year-old Matthew 
Craig live in Savannah. 

Pam Parker '84 is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

Mark Reavis '84, vice president of 
AmeriBank in Savannah, is president of the 
Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. 

Tommy L. Blackshear '85 is a teacher and 
coach with the Tift County Board of 
Education. As of the beginning of 1995, he 
is the winningest coach in the county's histo- 
ry with more than 100 victories and three 
regional titles in the past four years. 

Claire McCluskey '85 is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce's Leadership 
Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

James "Jim" Willoughby '85 is president of 
the board of the Savannah chapter of the 
American Heart Association. 

William C. Boswell '86 has accepted a pedi- 
atric surgery fellowship at Children's 
Memorial Hospital of Northwestern 
University in Chicago, Illinois. 

David J. Faulk '86 has received his medical 
degree from Mercer University and is open- 
ing a psychiatric practice in Jesup. 

Barbara Majzik Medzie '86 received her 
BSN from Armstrong in June. 

Vickie J. Henson '86 joined the Georgia 
Department of Family and Children Services 
in 1987. In 1988 she was transferred to 
Hinesville and today directs seven casework- 
ers for the Liberty County Department of 
Family and Children Services. 

Margaret Elizabeth Hendrix '87 is living in 

M E M O R I A M 

Jack R. King '70 • January 9, 1994 

W. B. Lain '30 

Andrew Lamas '39 

Mark Lambertson '68 • March 12, 1995 

Benjamin F. Latham '71 • 1995 

Dabney 0. Linthicum • February 15, 1994 

Ashby Matthews '47 • November 1, 1987 

John C. McCauley '40 • May 3, 1993 

Judy Owens '80 • October 1994 

Eleanor M, Powers '38 • November 23, 1994 

Edna P. Quensen '42 • November 20, 1993 

Joseph Richman '39 

Barney L. Sadler '43 

Robert L. Schuette '89 • December 22, 1994 

Elmer K. Smith '48 • March 16, 1994 

Ivan C. Smith '71 • 1994 

James Stevens '74 • March 20, 1994 

Barbara Stults '41 

Mary L. Thomas '37 

Thomas F. Walsh '39 • January 3, 1980 

Barbara J. Winters '80 • January 15, 1995 

Woody Woodward • June 1, 1995 


Henry Ashmore • October 13, 1995 
President of Armstrong 1964-1982 

Gary Fodor '78 • February 24, 1995 
Assistant Professor of Spanish 


Gary Fodor '78 (1957-1995) 

Scurrying to class from some entrepre- 
neurial, crosstown mission to tout 
Armstrong's language program, or fasci- 
nating Spanish classes with his music- 
mellow Castiliian accent, Fodor awed and 
inspired colleagues and students with 
his creative energy and professional 
devotion. He never slowed down. He wor- 
ried things into perfection. Innovation 
was his second nature. His death in 
February tragically ended the brilliant 
career of a gentle and passionate 
teacher who revived the Spanish pro- 
gram at Armstrong in the 1980s. 


Bob Gunn '48 (1929-1995) 

Armstrong lost one of its staunchest sup- 
porters in the death of foundation board 
member Bob Gunn in March. Gunn was a 
member of the 1948 junior college state 
championship basketball team. He 
served Armstrong with a dedication that 
was in the realm of the fanatic — the 
sports program, the curriculum, campus 
architecture (two campus buildings are 
the design of his architectural firm), the 
foundation board, university status for 
Armstrong. His loyalty to causes he 
believed in, his selfless gift of time, and 
his priceless gift of imaginative expertise 
are qualities which make his contribu- 
tions to Armstrong and Savannah more 
than distinctive; they establish touch- 
stones to guide the future. 


Stephen K. Whalen '87 received his mas- 
ter's degree in public administration from 
the University of Georgia and has returned to 
Armstrong to become assistant director of 
the Public Service Center. 

Carolynn Robbins '88 is a member of the 
Savannah board of the American Diabetes 

Diane Morrell '88 is in private law practice 
and a member of the Chamber of Commerce 
Leadership Savannah Class of 1994-1996. 

William W. Bickel '89 graduated from the 
Marine Corps Basic School and is now 
Marine 1st. Lieutenant Bickel. 

Robert "Bob" Long '89 is a United States 
probation officer for the Middle District of 
Georgia, Macon Division. In August he mar- 
ried Elizabeth Stafford of Macon. 

Eva Sabrina Simmons '89 has completed 
the requirements for her Ph.D. in chemistry 
at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Michael West, Jr. '89, director of student 
activities at Guilford College (NC), is confer- 
ence chair of the 1996 National Association 
for Campus Activities Southeast Regional 

Katy Ballance '89 is athletic director of 
Memorial Day School in Savannah. 


Joyce Brannen Nettles '90 is a medical 
social worker at Savannah's Candler 

Traci Olivia Holmes '92/93 is a dental 
hygenist in Savannah. 

Sandra Michelle Meyers '93 is the office 
manager of Savannah Sweets. 

William Stephen Linton '94 is a programmer 
with Success Systems, Inc. He lives in 

Terry Samuels '94, a law student at Georgia 
State University, represented Armstrong at 
the inauguration of the president of Morris 
Brown University. 

James F. Caparelli '94 is an investment bro- 
ker with WMA Securities, Inc in Savannah. 
He is a registered representative and regis- 
tered principal with the National Association 
of Securities Dealers. 

Christopher J. Thielemann '94 graduated 
from the Marine Corps Basic School and is 
now Marine 2nd Lieutenant Thielemann. 

Rick Nichols '95 works with the Georgia 
Board of Pardons and Paroles in southeast 
Georgia. He lives in Richmond Hill. 


Kenneth Sellers '85 and Page Falligant 
Sellers '90, July 26, 1995, daughter, 
Katherine Page. 

New Alumni 
Association Board 

Edwin Fountain '49 (liberal arts) lives in 
Garfield and is a minister, poet, librarian, 
trustee. A true Renaissance man. 

Mary Ann Gray '77 (nursing) works at the 
Clark Center in Savannah and is pursuing an 
advanced nursing degree. 

G. Herbert Griffin '42 (liberal arts) retired 
from a career with Colonial Oil Company and 
was president of the Alumni Association in 

Ronnie L. Hopkins '79 (management) is vice 
president of First Union Bank, Ogeechee 
Road Branch, in Savannah. 

Patricia Palmer '93 (computer science) is a 
systems analyst at the Georgia Ports 

W E D D I N 

G S 

Regina Ann Feathers '91 to Robert Kevin Cochran 

May 27, 1995 

Amy L. Jones '91 to Lloyd Dean Brown 

April 22, 1995 

Charles Anthony Kicklighter '94 to Katrina Renee Price 

January 27, 1995 

Jennifer Lee Knight '93 to William Tollie Ayscue 

August 5, 1995 

Carl Edward Loggins '86 to Tracy Lynn Jordan 

July 22, 1995 

Brenda Gail Moody '92 to Clifton Felix Boone 

July 23, 1995 

Frances Petrasek '92 to Steven Prudhomme 

May 1995 

Kimberly Elaine Sapp '94 to Brian Scott Pierce 

March 18, 1995 

Daryl Wiley to Nichole Leigh Emminger 

March 4, 1995 

Roger Williams to Leigh Ann Reese 

April 8, 1995 

Robert J. Smith '80 (English) is an invest- 
ment counselor at Sterne Agee & Leach, Inc. 

Karia Wall '80 is a registered pharmacist 

with Revco Drugs., 

Elizabeth S. Weeks '40 (home economics). 




This year the Alumni Association Board of 
Directors created three more alumni scholar- 
ships. In addition to the four scholarships 
previously awarded, three nontraditional 
scholarships are now offered. Nontraditional 
scholarships are awarded to those students 
who did not enter college immediately follow- 
ing high school graduation or who had an 
interruption of their college career. 

Rebecca Dyson received the Arthur M. 
Gignilliat, Sr. Scholarship. Dyson is a recent 
graduate of Northside High School in Warner 
Robins. She plans to major in physical thera- 


The Jule Rossiter Stanfield Scholarship was 
awarded to Aimee Konwinski. Konwinski is 
majoring in English literature. 

Two nontraditional scholarships were award- 
ed to Teresa Harelson and Renee Beatrice 

Harelson is majoring in early elementary 
education. After volunteering at her chil- 
dren's school, she became interested in 
teaching. Harelson and her military husband 
live in Savannah. 

Renee Beatrice Hero is a music education 
and psychology major. She delayed her high- 
er education for fifteen years in order to 
raise a family of four children. 

The William W. Stokes Nontraditional 
Education Scholarship was awarded to Julie 
B. Hodge, an art education major. Hodge 
has returned to college following a ten-year 
hiatus. She has two children and is excited 
to pursue her dream of a BA degree. 

There were no awards for the Class of 1937 
or the Arthur M. Gignilliat, Sr. Scholarships. 

Since You Asked 

Alumni have asked for a report on 
retired government professor George 

Before George Menzei was grading 
term papers at Armstrong, he was drop- 
ping bombs over wartime Germany and 
investigating sabotage cases for tlie 
F.B.I. — not tine typical background of a 
college professor. His latest adventure 
involves a story full of danger and mys- 

During WWII, Menzei fell in love with 
the B-17 bomber that carried him safely 
through thirty-five missions. In fact, 
more than forty years later, it was a pic- 
ture of a B-17 from his own 614th 
Squadron that inspired Menzei to write a 
book, Portrait of a Flying Lady (Turner 
Publishing Co., $29.95). "I was just so 
curious about this airplane," he says. 
He had no idea that his curiosity would 
draw him into an almost forgotten tale 
of espionage, involving such internation- 
al figures as Josef Stalin and U.S. 
Ambassador Averell Harriman. 

After identifying the aircraft as the 
Maiden U.S. A, he contacted the 

Ma/den 's former pilot, Myron King, who 
was at first reluctant to talk. Menzei 
later discovered why. 

While King had been bombing Berlin, 
two of the Maiden's four engines were 
shot out, forcing him to make an emer- 
gency landing in Russian-occupied 
Poland. Even though the Russians were 
allies, they did not notify the American 
Embassy in Poltava that the Maiden's 
crew had landed safely. 

Instead the Russians accused the 
American crew of aiding the Polish 

Underground and held them under 
armed guard for six weeks. Meanwhile, 
the U.S. military listed King and his 
crew as missing in action. Finally, they 
were allowed to fly to the American 

"After their arrival at Poltava," writes 
Menzei, "the King crew must have felt 
their ordeal was over; they were again 
among their own countrymen, their own 
army. Then they were betrayed by those 
they felt would be their defenders, their 
pilot charged with a most despicable 
offense ..." And the rest is history, a 
well-documented history in Portrait of a 
Flying Lady. 

It was Menzel's interest in writing the 
book that led him to retire from 
Armstrong in 1988, after more than 
eleven years of teaching. So how does 
lecturing to students compare with flying 
a B-17 bomber, investigating sabotage 
cases, or writing a book? 

"I love the classroom, just going in 
there and teaching," says Menzei. His 
teaching skills did not go unnoticed. On 
a wall in his home hangs a plaque for 
the Dean Propst Award, given annually 
to an outstanding Armstrong professor. 
The recipient is chosen by the students. 
— Tina Gaskins '96 

Getting the 
Third Degree 

Ron Van Hall '80 and his daughter 
Krista and son Brandon visited the 
alumni office several months ago. 
Krista is a freshman at Armstrong 
and plans to major in chemical engi- 
neering. The Van Halls live in 
Brookhaven, MS, where Ron is a 
manager at Georgia Pacific. His 
wife Shirley is a graduate of the 
class of 76. No word yet on whether 
Brandon, 12, plans to continue the 
Armstrong family tradition. 


Joan Schwartz 70, President; Grace W. Burke 72, Vice President/Special Events; Bette Jo Krapf 72, 

Vice President/Scholarship; Mark Reavis '84, Treasurer: William Cebie Smith, Director of Alumni Affairs & Annual 

Fund, Secretary: Heidi L. Becker '89, Mildred Derst '74, Edwin Fountain '49, Mary Anne Gray '77, 

G. Herbert Griffin '42, Joyce Guile '80, Ronnie L. Hopkins '79, Joy Kleeman '72, Helen McCracken '69, 

Lee Meyer '59, Patricia Palmer '93, Catherine Palumbo '86, Robert Persse '87, Kenneth L. Sellers '85, 

Robert J. Smith '80, Robert Craig Vickery '87, Karia Wall '83, Elizabeth S. Weeks '40. 


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I hese photographs from the early 
1970s are of the enchanting, medieval 
city of Tallinn in the Baltic state of 
Estonia. They show deceivingly pleasant 
glimpses of a little-known country 
under the rule of an oppressive foreign 
power — the U.S.S.R. 

When Estonia broke away from the 
Soviet Union and burst onto the world 
scene, Olavi Arens was there. "I lived 
through the 1989 revolution," says 
Arens, a native Estonian and professor 
of history at Armstrong. "A very tense 
time. It is remarkable that the transi- 
tion was peaceful." 

Throughout the 
1980s, Arens would 
listen to shortwave 
radio broadcasts 
from Eastern 
Europe and return 
to Estonia each 
summer. In August 
1989 he linked 
hands with two mil- 
lion others to form a 
500-mile human 
chain from Estonia 

to Lithuania in protest of Soviet domi- 

Olavi Arens 


Despite dire economic 

problems, independent 

Estonia has made great 

progress towards a marl^et 

economy and a democratic 

political system. "Part of 

the fascination of visiting 

the Baltic states (Estonia, -^"i^-^ 

Latvia, Lithuania) is witnessing the transformation from 

communism to capitalism," Arens says, "^u are in the 

midst of history as it is happening." 

College students will soon have a rare opportunity' to study 
and experience the Baltic region first-hand. As a member 
of the Baltic Studies Consortium, Arens will direct the 
group's Semester-in-the-Baltics Program in 1996. Students 
will take classes at the University' of Tartu in Estonia and 
travel throughout the larger Baltic Sea area. 

Arens believes that after centuries of occupation and 
obscurity, Estonia is ready to see more exchange programs. 
"My homeland was cut off from the rest of the world, 
almost as if it disappeared," he says. "I'm determined not to 
let us forget and ignore. We have to keep interest and study 
of this region alive." — LH 

For information about the Semester-in-the-Baltics 
Program, please contact Arens at 912/927-5283. 





rom o3V\ 

pig Kong 







evening Anne Hudson stepped out onto her veranda to 
test the rain-freshened air — only to discover the entire area ah'eady 
occupied by a steamy Brahma bull. His huge, ripe button eyes greeted her 
impassively. Raindrops road-mapped the sleek, thick back as he sidled up 
to where Hudson gawked, trapped with her equanimity at stake. He hel- 
loed a juicy basso grunt at her, rolled the great eyes, drooled, blinked, and 
edged closer. 

Known for her resourceful problem-solving skills and puckish wit, the 
Armstrong math professor handled the moment in trademark style. She 
calmly called to her husband, "Sigmund, we have a visitor," as if the 
Brahma had dropped by for tea. 

Reducing a 2000-pound bovine to the essence of a mere visitor epito- 
mizes the way Hudson's wry and unflappable intelligence works — even 
in an unfamiliar environment. 

At the time of this Brahman experience, Hudson was in Hong Kong 
coaching the United States team at the 1994 International Mathematics 
Olympiad, an annual event for high school students from sixty-nine coun- 
tries. The U.S. won the competition with perfect scores. 

Keep It Simple 

Students and colleagues of Hudson do not 
find her response on the veranda surprising. 
"It's hard to catch her off guard," reports 
Leslie Smith, a student of Hudson's in the 
1970s. "Before you know it, she has lured you 
into the world of mathematics; and in a finger- 
snap, you suddenly love problem solving." 

Hudson keeps it simple. "In math there's a 
clear right and a 
clear wrong, and 
many ways to get 
the answer. It's just 
a matter of learning 
to think that way," 
she says. "Focus on 
essence. Throw out 
the extraneous." 

From the triple- 
crostic density of 
word problems to 
the labyrinthine 
alphabet of mathe- 
matical icons, 
Hudson manages to 
alert her students' 
sense of fun as well 
as logic. Stephen 
Semmes '79, a pro- 
fessor in the 
Department of 

Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, 
remembers this side of Hudson clearly 

"Dr. Hudson ran the practice sessions for 
the Putnam exam (an international math 
exam for university and college students in 
Canada and the Americas)," Semmes says. 
"The most important thing 1 remember was 
the atmosphere — the reason for taking the 
Putnam was that it was fun and interesting." 

The impact Hudson had on IBM physicist 
Phillip Strenski '75 was even more dramatic. 

She seems always to be on 
campus after hours, on week- 
ends, in a classroom wearing 
out chalk down to the screech 
of her fingertips. Probably 
only campus police spend 
more time at the college than 
Hudson. ''Well, yeah, the 
hours," she says. ''You have 
to put in the time of course." 

Strenski, who has a doctorate from Stanford, 
became a Putnam Fellow in 1974 by placing in 
the top five on the international exam. No 
other college or university student in Georgia 
had ever achieved such a distinction. Nor had 
anyone in the southeast. 

Hudson characteristically do\\T:iplays her 
influence. "As far as that Putnam Fellow thing 
goes, it's just a case of Strenski and Armstrong 
being available to 
each other at the 
same time," Hudson 
says, "a happy cir- 
cumstance. We 
haven't had one 
since then." That's 
true. And it is also 
true that Pete 
Sampras and the 
U.S. Tennis Open 
just happened to be 
available to each 
other at the same 


An attentive con- 
Hudson has a habit 
of anticipating your 
next word or phrase. It's an inherent empathy 
A capacitjf to fully absorb an idea emerging. 
Often the phrase or word she chooses is con- 
textually precise. There's a stunning efficiency 
of perception in this process. So it is \\ith her 
awareness of students as mathematicians. 

"Really talented students do not need that 
much help," says Hudson, "a little patience 
here, a little prod there. They'll find a way, no 
matter what, if and when they want to." 

But there are masses of students whose 
skills and experience are limited. "We have a 
lot of I-hate-math attitudes today" says 
Hudson, "people who really need confidence, 
who need more than just a little prod." She has 

a simple but unwavering, almost messianic 
philosophy in dealing with the fearful and 
defensive. "Expect your students to master the 
basics and do their best. You have to remem- 
ber how little math many students have been 
required to take. It's no wonder there's math 

"When students are math-deprived, they 
have missed important opportunities to dis- 
cover themselves. Students really have to per- 
ceive self in math pretty early by being drilled 
on the basics until the order and structure of 
mathematics echoes the order and structure 
of their thinking process." With this awareness 
comes the comfort of confidence. 

Urging herself and students to mutual dis- 
covery, she seems always to be on campus 
after hours, on weekends, in a classroom wear- 
ing out chalk down to the screech of her fin- 
gertips. Probably only campus |.)olice spend 
more time at the college than Hudson. "Well, 
yeah, the hours," she says. "You have to put in 
the time of course." 

Moments of Extraordinary Weakness 

As the first woman to receive a doctorate 
in mathematics from Tulane University 
(1961), Hudson was trained in high-level 
research for a university career. She practiced 
in that world for several years at Syracuse 
University before deciding that the intense 
research orientation to the profession was not 
fulfilling. So she chose a teaching career. Dick 
Summerville, provost of Christopher Newport 
University in Newport News, Virginia, was a 
student of hers at Syracuse. 

"Without a doubt, she was one of the most 
engaging and effective professors 1 ever had in 
any subject or at any level," Summerville says. 
"She brought to the classroom not only bril- 
liance but an infectious enthusiasm that 
invariably communicated to her students that 
mathematics was a happy activity" 

Hudson responds to such encomia in a 
snuffling, bashful, self-effacing fashion. "Don't 
believe it. His memory is bad," she chuckles 

Hudson at the White House after the U.S. won the 
International Mathematics Olympiad. 

mockingly in sham denial. She is reluctant to 
admit that she is "remarkable," a word that 
colleague after colleague uses to describe her 
career. "A moment of weakness," she softly 
concludes, reminiscently referring to 
Summerville's praise. 

Focus ON Essence 

Reared as a proper young lady in the farm- 
ing town of 
Mississippi by a 
"daring but tradi- 
tional" mother, 
Hudson was a 
spunky, Shirley- 
southern belle 
with two brothers; 
her high school 
class had seven stu 
dents. It might be assumed that a girl growing 
up in the guarded propriety of the 1930s 
and 1940s would not be encouraged toward 
mathematics. But Hudson says there was nei- 
ther encouragement or discouragement. She 
just went her way 

She majored in math at Hollins College 
and studied under Herta Freitag, a one- 
woman department in the Virginia women's 
school of 500. Hudson credits Freitag as her 
professional and spiritual guide. 

Female mathematicians with doctorates 
are uncommon enough among Hudson's gen- 
eration. But it is rare in a college the size of 
Armstrong to see a mathematician with 
Hudson's national stature. Eschewing intense 
research for teaching, Hudson nevertheless 
keeps the spirit and heart of math vibrant by 
remaining critically active. She regularly sub- 
mits problems to scholarly journals to hone 
her experimental and problem-solving skills. 
And a major continuing interest is her com- 
mitment to the Mathematics Olympiad 
Committee. Hudson served for two terms and 
was one of three chosen nationwide to coach 

the U.S. teams in 1993 and 1994. 

She is a sort of academic philanthropist 
who disperses time, ideas, and expertise in an 
off-handed, anyone-could-do-it style. But just 
anyone does not do it. Look at the eight-year- 
old weekly math colloquium where students 
and faculty present papers, problems, ideas, 
learning and teaching methods — mathemat- 
ics across a bright spectrum. It's immensely 
popular. "I've never 
heard of anything 
like this colloquium 
;inywhere else," says 
a colleague. 
Audiences, not all 
math professors or 
majors by a long 
measure, jam a large 
classroom and spill 
jut into the hallway 
"It's a touchstone 
of our activity in the department," says Ed 
Wheeler, head of the math and computer sci- 
ence department. "Anne conceived it, 
designed it, and keeps it going." 

Instinctively modest, Hudson shies away 
from the acclaim her successes inspire — to 
no avail. In 1993 she was named the best col- 
lege math teacher in the southeast. A year 
later she was voted one of the seven best in 
the nation in a peer selection process spon- 
sored by the National Mathematics 
Association. In the wash and glare of those 
honors she also was awarded the Outstanding 
Alumna Award from Hollins College. Then 
there is the Putnam Fellow she coached and 
her Olympiad Championship. "It is not 'my' 
championship," Hudson would say "Don't 

Hudson just sticks to her basics. And no 
bull — even on your front porch — is too big 
to handle. Throw out the extraneous. Focus on 

essence. "Sigmund, we have a visitor." 




Henry Ashmore 

19 2 

19 9 5 

enry Ashmore became president of Armstrong 
State College during a critical moment in its growth 
from a two-year college founded by the City of 
Savannah in the depression thirties to a senior college 
in the university system. He came during the move 
from seven buildings in historic downtown to the pre- 
sent 250-acre campus. In him 1 found that particular 
missionary desire, seething then throughout the coun- 
try after World War II, to discover or to invent college 
programs that would open in every community career 
opportunities undreamed of by both high school stu- 
dents and working adults. 

We spent five years working closely together to cre- 
ate Armstrong's senior and graduate programs and to 
gather from everywhere its faculty. In our long conver- 
sations while travelling together to find how other col- 
leges were inventing, and at the end of each day in our 
offices, we often fell to comparing our different roots, 
our different moorings. One winter twilight in 1967 
Heniy and 1 drove through the dozen streets of 
Sopchoppy, the little Florida to'WTi where he grew up in 
the twenties and thirties. Henry curious and travelled 

and far-ranging as he was, was tied to that boyhood rural life ruled by neighborly kindness and harsh 

necessity, all molded by a strong Christian faith. 

When I heard my friend Henry was dead, into my mind came Heniy that winter twilight in 

Sopchoppy — laughing, self-deprecating, curious, and bound to that early scene by a lo\'e that can only 

be called religious. 

Ashmore was president of Armstrong from 1964 to 1982. 

'oseph Killorin, Professor Emerilus of Literature and Philosophy 


Registration, 8:30 a.m -7:00 p.m., graduate 

registration, 2:00-7:00 P.M. 

Men's and women's basi<etball opens Peacii 

Belt Athletic Conference play witli home 

games against the University of South 

Carolina at Aiken. Women's game, 5:30 pm.; 

men's game, 7:30 PM.; Sports Center 

First day of classes 

Faculty recital, Kevin Hampton, piano, 

1:30 PM., Fine Aits Auditorium 

Brother Cane Concert, 8:00 pm,, Fine Arts 


Youth Jazz Orchestra of Lower Saxony 

(Jugendjazzorchester Niedersachsen), 

8:00 I'M., Fine Arts Auditorium 

Guest Recital, T. N. Retif, tenor, Charles 

McCall, piano, 1:30 RM., Fine Arts 


Fiber Art Exhibit, Adrianne King Comer, 

artist. Fine Aits Gallery 

Reception for Fiber Art Exhibit, 

noon- 1:30 PM., Fine Aits Gallery 

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday 

Faculty Lecture Series, Fusing the Five 

Elements: Alchemy, Allegory, and the 

Monkey King, 12:15 RM., Health Professions 


Miss ABC Pageant, 8:00 RM., Fine Arts 



Health Career Information Day 

Bandemonium 1996, Fine Arts Auditorium 

Pirates baseball begins with a 2:00 RM. game 

against Presbyterian College at Pirate Field 

Photography of Latin America, Fine Arts 



Faculty Lecture Series, iVwc/mr "Powder 

Keg" on the Korean Peninsula: New 

Phenomenon of the Post-Cold War Regional 

Instability, 12:15 PM., Health Professions 


Hamlet, performed by the National 

Shakespeare Company, 7:30 rm., Fine Arts 


Reception for Photography of Latin America, 

noon-l:30 PM., Fine Arts Gallery 

Pirates baseball against Division I North 

Carolina State, 11:00 a.m., Grayson Stadium 

Advisement and advance registration 

Armstrong bands, choirs, and jazz ensembles 

present "Music from the Stage," a benefit for 

the Music Scholarship Fund, 8:00 PM., Fine 

Arts Auditorium 

Faculty Lecture Series, Designer- Genes: 

Jurassic Park, Gene Therapy, and 

Tomatoes!, 12:15 PM., Health Professions 


The Importance of Being Earnest, 

performed by Armstrong Masquers, Sandra 

Manderson, director, Thursday-Saturday, 

7:30 PM., Sunday, 2:00 RM., Jenkins Theatre 

Men's and women's tennis open the 1996 

home schedule with a 2:00 RM. match 

against Flagler College 






23-24 Homecoming 1996 

24 Women's basketball, Armstrong vs. Lander 

University, 5:30 rm., Sports Center 
24 Men's basketball, Armstrong vs. Lander 

University, 7:30 RM., Sports Center 
24 Homecoming Party wth Cool Joe and the 

Funky Soul Symbols, Aquatic and Recreation 


Armstrong Community Band, William Keith, 

director, 8:00 RM., Fine Arts Auditorium 


American Ti'aditions Vocal Competition, 
quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, Fine Arts 
Auditorium, 912/236-5745 
Senior Art Show, Fine Arts Gallery 
Regency, noon, Shearouse Plaza 
Education Career Day 9:00 a.m.-2:00 pm.. 
Aquatic and Recreation Center 
7 Comedian Frank King, noon. Memorial 

College Center 

7 Faculty Lecture Series, Tlw Ninth Annual 
Sebastian Dangerfield Saint Patrick's Week 
Lecture and Irish Coffee Reception , 

12:15 RM., Jenkins Auditorium 
7-10 Women's and men's tennis Southeast 

8 Broadway musical star Marni Nixon gives a 
vocal masterclass 

8 Reception for Senior Ait Show, 6:00-8:00 pm.. 

Fine Arts Gallery 
14 Last day of classes 


2 Comedian Michael Wilson, noon. Memorial 

College Center 
4 SGA induction of officers, noon, TBA 

4 Faculty Lecture Series, Socrates Meets Die 

Cyberpunks: Can Smart Technologies Make 
Us Really Stupid?, 12:15 rm.. Health 
Professions Auditorium 

8-12 Barbara Doscher, master teacher and vocal 
pedagogue, visits campus to give lessons and 
master classes 

1 1 Junior Voice Recital, Stacie O'Connor 
soprano, 1:30 pm.. Fine Arts Auditorium 

16 Percussion Ensemble, Jon Wacker, director, 
8:00 RM., Fine Arts Auditorium 

18 Faculty Lecture Series, He Wlio Rules 
Eastern Europe. . .Rules the World, 
12:15 RM., Health Professions Auditorium 


1 Mid-term 

8 Healthcare Job Fair, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 pm., 
Aquatic and Recreation Center 

9-12 The Glass Menagerie, performed by 

Armstrong Masquers, Peter Mellen, director, 
7:30 RM., Jenkins Theatre 

9 Beach Bash, Spanky's Beachside 

9 Faculty Lecture Series, Tlie Good, the Bad, 

and the Ugly: All You Ever Wanted to Know 

About Cholesterol and More, 12:15 RM., 

Health Professions Auditorium 
13-17 Advisement and advance registration 
21 Jazz Ensemble, Randall Reese, director, 

8:00 RM., Fine Arts Auditorium 
23 Campus birthday party with comedian Pat 

Godwin, noon, Shearouse Plaza 
23 Faculty Lecture Series, Terrorism as an 

Olympic Event, 12:15 pm., Health 

Professions Auditorium 

27 Memorial Day holiday 

28 Wind Ensemble, William Keith, director, 
8:00 PM., Fine Aits Auditorium 

30 SGA Awards Convocation, 7:00 rm.. Fine 
Arts Auditorium 


4 Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, 

Chris White, director, 8:00 RM., Fine Arts 



Last day of classes 


Final exams 




Registration, 8:30 A.M.-7:00 PM., graduate 

registration, 2:00-7:00 PM. 


First dav of classes 


Summer Institute in the Aits for high school 


The Coastal Georgia Center for Continuing 
Education offers classes throughout the year 
Upcoming topics include: Planting to Attract Birds, 
Home Landscape Design, and Writing Your Memoirs. 
For information call 912/651-2550. 


Art and music events 
Athletic activities 
Masquers' productions 



All events are open to Aimstrong alumni and friends. 


1 1935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997 


Homecoming ^96 • February 23 & 24 

Call 912/927-5263. 










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The Bold « 
AND THE Bawdy: 

Uncovered Meaning in 
Lusty Medieval Stories 

Armstrong Magazine is published 

twice a year by tlie Office of University 

Advancement at Armstrong Atlantic 

State University. 

For additional information about 

articles or activities at the university, 

contact the Editor, 

Armstrong Magazine, 

11935 Abercorn Street, 

Savannah, GA 31419-1997, 

telephone 912/927-5222, 

fax 912/921-5740, 


1996 Award of Excellence, 

Council for the Advancement and Support of 

Education, District 3 

1996 Distinguished Achievement Award, 

Educational Press Association of America 

1996 APEX Recipient 

Lauretta Hannon, editor 

Robert Strozier '49, Sarah Metzgar, 

contributing writers 

Gail Brannen, pliotograplier 

Joan Lehon '92, 

chief production assistant 

Ramona Harmon '96, 

editorial assistant 

Don Bagwell: Digital Impact, 

graphic design 


Robert A. Burnett, president 

Office of University Advancement 


The Office of University Advancement 

encompasses development, alumni affairs, 

public relations, and the Armstrong State 

College Foundation, Inc. 

John A. Gehrm II, vice president 

Wm. Cebie Smith, director of alumni affairs 

and annual fund 

Lauretta Hannon, 

director of public relations 

Sarah Metzgar, 

assistant director of public relations 

Beverlee Forrest, 

assistant director of development 

Dorothy Eckhart, 

advancement office accountant 

Gail Brannen, artist and photographer 

Joan Lehon '92, publications specialist 

Patricia Parker '95, 

contributions administrator and 

prospect research specialist 

Linda Hansen, 

secretary to the vice president 

Zelene Tremble, alumni affairs secretary 

Tammy Wilkes '96, alumni assistant 

Kim Bristol '99, 

advancement assistant 

Ramona Harmon '96, 

public relations assistant 

Armstrong Atlantic State University is 

part of the University System of Georgia. 

The Armstrong Atlantic community includes 

approximately 5,300 undergraduate and 

graduate students and 250 faculty. 

Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 

Armstrong Atlantic today serves a rich gamut 

of traditional and nontraditional students from 

across the state, the nation, and the world. 

Printed on recycled paper. 

Armstrong Atlantic 


Cover picture courtesy Board of Trustees, 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 

Armstrong Atlantic State University 

President Burnett tells the story. 


Requiem FOR A Lady 

Beloved piano teacher's financial legacy 
assures education for women. . 

Electricity All Over 

similarities between life on a nuclear submarine 
and a day in a middle school classroom. 

The Bold & the Bawdy' 

Eyebrow-raising tales from medieval France. 

Legal Ease 

From outrageous vote scams to the Great-Wall-of-Dirt 
Defense, these judges have just about seen it all.i 

yi^^m Ingenious Geneticj 

Provocative research by an Armstrong Atlantic professor 
on the advantages of inbreeding. 







Shenanigans and shining moments on campus. 

Alumni Line 

News for and about Armstrong alumni 

Foundation News 


Inside back cover 




We're a 

oUowing action by the Board of Regents on July 9, Armstrong sion. An official celebration is planned this autumn for alum- 
State College became Armstrong Atlantic State University. ni and the campus community. Please see page six for the 
The next day a new main-campus sign was unveiled. Passing stoiy about the changes, 
motorists honked their horns to help commemorate the occa- 


Wild America 

The campus swimming pool was recently transformed into a steamy swamp with 
cypress trees, tea-colored water, Spanish moss, and a mechanical alligator — all for 
scenes in the upcoming movie Wild America. Swoony teenage daughters of staffers 
were also transformed by the presence of heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the 
"hot" star of the flick. 

Sweet Is Pleasure After Pain 

Armstrong Atlantic's new crew team is not for the weak. As dol- 
phins frolic nearby, they begin gruelling daily workouts at 6 a.m. 
James Hall '96, president of the team, describes the ritual. "We 
wake up in the wee morning hours and then run 1.5 miles, pump- 
ing lactic acid into our muscles, which makes us sore. We go all 

day until we fall asleep and begin all over again." The team has 
been competitive in several tournaments and regattas against 
Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Duke. Hall's philosophy is not 
fancy "When you row you are committing yourself to being tired 
all the time, but it's worth it." 




Fulbright Program Takes 
Rhee to Germany 

Metzgar Joins 
Advancement Office 

This spring Steve Y. Rhee, director of inter- 
national programs and activities, participat- 
ed in a three-week Fulbright study program 
in Germany. Rhee attended seminars at uni- 
versities and visited government and indus- 
trial institutions. A special highlight v^^as a 
tour of Buchenwald, the WWII Nazi death 

"1 am pleased to announce that Sarah 
Metzgar has joined the office as assistant 
director of public relations. She came to 
Savannah from Sewanee, TN, where she 
worked in the communications office of 
The University' of the South." 
— John A. Gehrm 11, vice president for 
university advancement 



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Bucks Enlighten 


From the mountains, to the prairies, 
to the ocean — the Olympic flame passed 
through campus on July 9. On its way to 
Atlanta for the centennial games, the 
torch was borne by administrators Joe 
and Marilyn Buck. Numerous students, 
faculty, and staff also participated in a 
range of Olympic activities both in Atlanta 
and Savannah. Meanwhile, at our Sports 
Center's Alumni Arena, teams from 
Greece and Argentina thrilled hardwood 
aficionados with an exhibition basketball 


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Armstrong Atlantic professors and students 
in the national spotlight. 

► Bob Lefavi, health science profes- 
sor, was quoted in The New York Times 
on December 6, 1995 in an article 
about dietary supplements. A CBS 
News interview with Lefavi was sched- 
uled to air prior to the tragic bombing 
in Centennial Olympic Park. 

► Vijay Kapur, a former government 
professor, commented on the election 
of Floyd Adams 71 in USA Today on 
January 2. 

► Dennis Murphy, government profes- 
sor, was interviewed in May by the 
Kyodo News Service (Japan) and 
Peach State Public Radio on his 
expertise in Olympic terrorism. 

► John Duncan, history professor, has 
been quoted widely as an authority on 

Savannah. His comments appeared in 
the May issue of Travel Holiday 
Magazine, and he was featured on the 
CBS News on August 1. 

► Evelyn Dandy, director of the 
Pathways to Teaching Program, will 
appear this autumn on The Learning 
Channel's Teacher TV. 

► The media darling of the year, how- 
ever, was Catherine Shields, the thir- 
ty-one-year-old mother of four who 
emerged as the top guard of the 
women's basketball team. Known as 
"Cat Momma" by her teammates, 
Shields was profiled in stories by the 
Associated Press, the Atlanta Journal- 
Constitution, and USA Today. 

► The women's tennis team swept opposition away to win a second consecutive Division 
II National Championship. 

► Gov Zell Miller helped break ground this spring for University Hall, the 89,000 square- 
foot classroom and office building scheduled for completion in December 1997. 

► The Health Professions Building has been renamed Ashmore Hall in memory of 
Henry L. Ashmore, president of Armstrong State from 1964 to 1982. 

In December 1994 the 
Board of Regents directed insti- 
tutions in the University System 
of Georgia to reformulate their 
missions to stress the impor- 
tance of collaboration in meet- 
ing respective area needs. 

The responsibilities for 
graduate education among 
Armstrong, Savannah State, and 
Georgia Southern were clearly 
defined. Autonomous graduate degree 
programs were restored to the 
Savannah institutions, but linkages 
were maintained among the three 
institutions to assure efficiency in 
graduate programs in southeast 
Georgia. In September 1995, nine 
accredited graduate degrees with 
eighteen concentrations were re- 
established at Armstrong. Graduate 
enrollment burgeoned to nearly 500. 

With graduate degrees restored, 
Armstrong began the requisite year- 
long assessment of its mission. In the 
process, we discovered how dramati- 
cally Armstrong had changed. In the 
past decade, for instance, enrollment 
nearly doubled to 5,348. Chatham 
County residents comprised only fifty- 
six percent of that number as com- 
pared to the ninety-one percent local 
enrollment of 1986. The coastal char- 
acter of the college has evolved into a broad range of services 
which complement our traditional cosmopolitan dimension. 

This evolution reflects an expanded mission: responsibility 
for baccalaureate degree education along the Georgia coast 
from Armstrong to the Brunswick Center; oversight of graduate 
teacher education programming in Camden County on the 
Florida border; direction of all law enforcement education in 
the eighteen coastal Georgia counties; and, through the Health 
Professions Education Center, the delivery of allied health edu- 
cation in all of south Georgia. 

After approval by the faculty, the new Armstrong mission 
statement was submitted to the regents and evaluated by out- 
side consultants. Consequently the chancellor and the Board of 
Regents recommended that all four-year senior colleges with 
graduate degrees be named state universities. These names, it 
was agreed, "should reflect geographic location" and "provide a 
clearer identification of the institutions as part of the University 

Proud Pasl- 
Yigorous Promise 

A message to alurani from President Burnett 









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System and the state of 

At Armstrong, in response to 
these recommendations, ten 
meetings were held with campus 
constituencies between June 11 
and June 21. Alumni, students, 
foundation board members, and 
faculty and staff were consulted. 
The result is a new name. 
Armstrong Atlantic State University, 
which the Board of Regents approved 
July 9, 1996. 

The name "Armstrong" preser\^es 
the sixty-one-year legacy of commu- 
nity ties and a reputation for academ- 
ic excellence. It honors the approxi- 
mately 12,000 graduates of Armstrong 
Junior College and Ai^mstrong State 
College. "Atlantic" provides appropri- 
ate geographic identity by reflecting 
that our mission includes the 
Atlantic coast of Georgia. "State 
University" affords national recogni- 
tion of the graduate programming, 
grantsmanship, scholarly research, 
and public service contributed by 

I should add here that our 
options were restricted. Savannah, 
Coastal, East, Eastern, South, and 
Southern are already used in the 
names of other system institutions. 
My heart and mind tell me that to you this institution will 
always remain just "Armstrong." That is as it should be. Now, 
however, as we grow and develop, the new name and status call 
for a vigorous effort to familiarize our constituencies locally 
and nationwide with Armstrong Atlantic State University'. In 
this, we trust, your involvement will awaken longstanding loyal- 
ties and inspire new ones. 

1 know you are proud of what Armstrong has been. I believe 
you are proud of what it has become, and what it now promises. 
The common link between our sturdy past and vigorous present 
is the academic integrity and historic excellence of our univer- 

Your continued support will ensure that the traditions and 
values we believe in and practice will define our future as 
clearly as they have shaped our past. 


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$13 Million 
bequest is 
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single gift 
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of higher 
learning in ^^- 

lumna Eleanor Boyd '40 has made Savannah history with her bequest 
to Armstrong. A music teacher honored and loved by her peers and 
students, Boyd passed away June 1995. In her wall is a $1.3 million gift to 
Armstrong State College. As specified by Boyd, the gift will be used for 
scholarships for women. 

"Ms. Boyd's gift will increase our scholarship funds exponen- 
tially," says Robert A. Burnett, president of Armstrong Atlantic. 
"Many generations of women will have university educations as a 
result of this one woman's generosity." 

Boyd was known for her gentle and genteel ways. She 
nurtured her piano students with the devotion and love 
she also spent in caring for her mother and grandmother. 
It is particularly fitting that her gift will fund scholarships for 
talented women, new graduate students, and those whose educa- 
tion has been interrupted or delayed by family or work obligations. 
"Her sensitive benevolence represents a quantum leap in what 
Armstrong Atlantic can now do in the area of student scholar- 
ship," says John A. Gehrm II, vice president for university f 
advancement. "We hope that Ms. Boyd's bequest will become a 
catalyst for others." 

A University of Georgia and Julliard-trained musician, Boyd led 

an active social life with church and 
childhood friends. She was an avid world 
traveller. At once shy and energetic, she enjoyed 
crabbing and fishing, bicycling and rollerskating. A 
lifelong chum recalls her "crackerjack" bridge-play- 
ing skills and capacity for fun. She was a member of 
the Business Women's Circle of Wesley Monumental 
Methodist Church where she is remembered as a 
kind and engaging person devoted beyond measure 
to her family: "a dear lady who knew how to care." 

—RS '49 





ormer submariner Michael Wooden admits that he is a little odd. "It 
takes a real weird person to be on the submarine force," he explains. "Think 
about it — you're sleeping next to tons of explosives, a nuclear reactor is 

nearby, and there's electricity everywhere. All of this in a steel tube, 
In his twenty-year navy career. Wooden became a ballistic- missile 

expert overseeing weapons powerful enough to change our world in a 
flash. He fulfilled a variety of assignments during his service, including 
time as an instructor at the Guided Missile School at Virginia Beach, VA. 

With the help of Armstrong Atlantic's Alternative Teacher Certification 
Program for Military Personnel, he has gone from teaching guided-missile 
theory to holding the attention of a classroom of hormonal fourteen-year- 
olds. In this rigorous program, active and retired military personnel earn 
teaching credentials and receive credit for past training and experience. 
The program brings a much-needed group to the teaching profession: 
males, often minorities, with strong backgrounds in science and math. 

Armstrong Atlantic's program has earned such national recognition 
that Lloyd Newberry, dean of the School of Education, has assisted other 
universities across the country in establishing similar programs. 

Wooden, who already had a baccalaureate degree, received teaching 
certification in one year and was quickly offered a position to teach Georgia 
history at Glynn County Middle School in Brunswick. He was even able to 
take all of his courses on base or at Brunswick College. 

"The whole program is fantastic. They understand that people have 
jobs and can't always go to school during the day. And they know how to 
speak the language that military personnel understand." 

Now serving his country in a different way. Wooden does not miss the 
underwater life. "I can't think of anything I'd rather want to do. To get the 
youngsters excited about learning, I've done everything short of dancing on 
the table — well, I've actually done that at times. 

"Teaching is great in itself. It has opened up so much to me — I'm a 
coach now; 1 mentor a child; you touch so many people's lives. In some ways 
being in the classroom is like working on a sub: both jobs are exhausting 
and you have to be on your toes all the time. Everyday is different. But this 
is definitely the most fun I've ever had." — LH 

For information about the Alternative Teacher Certification Program 
for Military Personnel, please call Christopher Schuberth at 912-921-7332 
or 912-921-5398. 





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Carol Jamison breaks ground with tier study 

of fabliaux — the risque Old French tales 

that inspired Chaucer. 

^^^ arol Jamison is a slight woman with wide brown eyes 
and a soft Alabama accent. She has a gentle style in 
the way she smiles and speaks. Anyone feels welcome 
in her presence. You would never guess, upon first 
meeting her, that she taught English to violent crimi- 
nals in a state penitentiary. Equally unexpected is the fact that she 
studies centuries-old literature that makes most women, and many 
men, blush when they hear it. 

"For convenience sake, when I'm asked about my area of exper- 
tise, I say that I study dirty medieval stories," she explains. These 
"dirty medieval stories" are actually a little-known genre called 
fabliaux (pronounced fab-lee-o) — bawdy French tales which 
inspired Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. 

Jamison developed a love for Chaucer as an undergraduate and . 
decided to pursue the subject into graduate school. As she began 
studying the analyses of Chaucer's tales, her professor noted a flaw 
in her research method. "My major professor looked at my thesis 
and said 'You're just accepting these generalizations. Maybe you 
should look at the original tales.'" There was one problem: the orig- 
inal tales were in Old French, a labyrinthine language not spoken 
in 800 years. 

"I wanted to see where Chaucer gets these tales and what he 
does with them," she explains. To do this she had to study the 
sources of Chaucer's literature in their original language — some- 
thing very few Chaucer experts have done. As she learned Old 
French, she began translating medieval 
romances. From there she probed even deep- 
er into the literary roots of the time and 
found the fabliaux, and Chaucer's inspiration. 

Readers of Chaucer know that many of 
his stories make stunning dinner table con- 
! versation. They tend to get deliciously crude, 
even disgusting. But Chaucer's tales are mild 
compared to those of his French sources. The 
stories Jamison began translating have 
;->|,.| names like "The Devil's Fart" and "The Tlird." 
These were the fabliaux — amusing tales, 
usually in verse, describing a trick and culmi- 
nating in a comic climax. Often the tale 
revolves around a sexual situation. It is no 
surprise that many colleagues and friends 
think Jamison just studies "dirty stones." 

Tor convenience sake, when Vm asked about my area of 
expertise, I say that I study dirty medieval stories.'' 

"There's a whole lot more to the 
fabliaux than that," she explains. "They 
are the keys to understanding medieval 
literature and medieval society. Fabliaux 
give us some idea of what society would 
have been like in a state of flux." 

Only a handful of scholars has ever 
looked at the fabliaux as a subject for 
serious study, let alone recognized that 
they dealt with the issue of societal 
change. Jamison has the distinction of 
being one of the few researchers in the 
world to expand the meaning behind 
these stories. 

She broke ground in her doctoral dis- 
sertation with the assertion that the genre functions as a satire on 
the relationship of the three medieval estates: the nobility, the 
clergy, and the peasants. In other words, the social mobility of 
medieval life became the subject of these stories because of the 
comic situations occurring when societal roles are no longer fixed. 
Take the story of a young bourgeois girl who horrifies her social- 
climbing parents by spouting obscenities, or the knight who did not 
know how to consummate his marriage and ends up taking lessons 
on lovemaking from his mother-in-law. 

Fabliaux were for everyone — from the castle to the field. The 
characters in the stories may vary, but not their saucy acts. "I think 
fabliaux show that, ultimately, social change is inevitable and it's 
humorous," says Jamison. "You laugh no matter how horrible the 
stories are, and you know that the audience laughed then ... and 
that people still laugh today." 

The fabliaux give us glimpses of what made medieval people 
tick. Because we know what amused them, and what intimidated 
them, we become more closely linked with the humanizing naugh- 
tiness of our past. — SM 
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Otis Johnson '64 (right) is welcomed by (from left to right) Alumni 
Director Wm. Cebie Smith, President Robert Burnett, and Lee Meyer '59. 

A Nostalgic Spot: Three alumnae reminisce in the Armstrong 
House Lobby. 

Hoisting one for the Good Old Days: 
Remembering the 1930s and 40s. 

Mark your calendar now for Homecoming '97 

February 7 & 8 

Ring Around 
the World 

Pat King '68 presents a bright flame of 
Armstrong history for memorabilia moths. 
His class ring has circled the globe from 
Wales to Hong Kong, Honduras to Thailand, 
and forty-eight states. King donated the ring to 
alumni affairs office as a piece of his 

story" with Armstrong. Thanks Pat. 
JlSCbrffe see-ij^ Wlief?ybu can settle down. 

—RS '49 

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The athletic 
area of the 

Sports Center 

has been 

named the 

Alumni Arena. 

Jimmy Page '69 

"My goal, one day, is to be able to hold down a job," laughs 
Jimmy Page '69, who was recently promoted to assistant vice 
president of The Coca-Cola Company. His job duties at Coca-Cola 
have taken him across the world in a variety of posts. Page cred- 
its his success, in part, to his Armstrong education. Classes in 
freshman composition, public speaking, and physical chemistry 
all played a part in what would become his varied career. He 
says that those classes, and the professors who taught them, 
developed his ability to think critically and be flexible — traits 
that have served him well on his travels. 


He's Still 

Renaissance man, urbane raconteur, the southern gentleman's 
gentle-man, connoisseur of constitutional law, Latinist, baseball histo- 
rian, Menckenesque wit, maritime guru, political scientist, and lover- 
critic of poetry. Those who know him will want to apply their own 
superlatives to William E. Coyle '41. 

He taught at Armstrong for thirty years before retiring in 1987. He 
is still in Savannah, and friends who dine or sip an aperitif with Coyle 
report that he enjoys retirement. His Gaelic wit remains delectably 

"Bill, are you really retired? And recommend it?" 

"Oh child, ga va sans dire," he answers in a twinkling trademark 

* That goes without saying. 

—RS '49 

Alumni Association 
Board Of Directors 1996^997 

Bette Jo Krapf '72, President; 

Grace W. Burke '72, Vice President/Special Events; 

Joyce Guile '80, Vice President/Scholarship; 

Mark Reavis '84, Treasurer; William Cebie Smith, Secretary, 

Elizabeth E. Arndt '91, Heidi L. Becker '89, Mildred Derst '74, 

Mary Anne Gray '77, G. Herbert Griffin '42, 

Wanda Nashel Jackson '95, Joy Kleeman '72, 

Helen McCracken '69, Lee Meyer '59, Ann O'Brien '88, 

Patricia Palmer '93, Catherine Palumbo '86, 

Kenneth L. Sellers '85, Robert J. Smith '80, Karia Wall '80, 

Elizabeth S. Weeks '40. 

Alumni Event Schedule 1996-97 

(Some activities are still in the planning stages, so please look for 
details later in the mail.) 

► Atlanta Alumni Luncheon 

Savannah Downtown Alumni Luncheon 

Neighborhood Receptions at Habersham Woods, Dutch Island, 
and Isle of Hope 

St. Simons/Brunswick Alumni Gathering 

Art Exhibit and Concert Reception 

Reception for the Classes of '94-'96 

Richmond Hill Alumni Cookout 
: Reunions for Classes of '37, '42, '47, '52, '56, '61, and '72 

Savannah Downtown Alumni Reception 

Homecoming '97 • February 7 &8 

Roger Warlick Fellowship 

A fellowship endowment has been created to honor Professor 
Emeritus Roger Warlick. A teacher, scholar, and constant friend to 
Armstrong Atlantic State University during his twenty-five years of 
dedicated service, Warlick served as a professor, head of the his- 
tory and political science department, and assistant dean of the 
School of Arts of Sciences. Like the Roger K. Warlick Prize for 
History, the fellowship honors a man who has shared, and contin- 
ues to share, his amazing gifts with the Armstrong Atlantic family 
and the Savannah community. His expertise was crucial in the re- 
establishment and accreditation of the graduate programs. He is 
also a dedicated supporter and past president of the Georgia 
Historical Society. Alumni and friends may join in the effort to 
honor Warlick with a contribution to the Armstrong State College 
Foundation, designated for the Roger Warlick Fellowship. All contri- 
butions are tax deductible. 

Recovering Our Past 

Janet Stone, associate professor of history, is writing a formal 
history of the university and needs information, items, and sto- 
ries about Armstrong. In the upheaval of the move from his- 
toric downtown Savannah, much of the memorabilia of 
Armstrong's early days disappeared. We would like to recover 
as many of these physical mementos as possible and display 
them on campus. Please let us know if you have any 
Armstrong materials. Write to Stone at 11935 Abercorn Street, 
Savannah, GA 31419-1997 or call 912/927-5283. 




Jo Elliott Jones '43 has lived in Albany 
for more than thirty years. For nnany 
years she was a volunteer at the 
Phoebe Putney Hospital. She has five 
children, eight grandchildren, and is 
president of the Albany Writers' Guild. 

Gloria Kicklighter Warren '43 reports 
from Dublin, OH, that her book, Low- 
Fat Cookery, was published by 
McGraw-Hill. Her sister, Henrietta, and 
brothers, Clyde and Grady, also gradu- 
ated from Armstrong. 

Helen S. Cliristopher '44 directs the 
choir at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox 
Church in Savannah. 

Forist G. Dupree '48 retired from a 
career in the air force as a colonel. In 
February he retired from the USPA and 
IRA (family financial programming for 
military professional families). He lives 
in Sumter, SO, with his wife, Jaline, 
and enjoys his grandchildren. 

Louis Reisman, Sr. '48, president of 
the Savannah Board of Realtors for 
1996, is an association broker at 
Konter (Harriett '44 and son Jerry '72) 

Realty Company. 

James E. Turner '49 is a physicist at 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak 
Ridge, TN. 


Thomas J. Dillon '50 has been elected 
to the board of the Georgia Ports 

John F. Canty '53 retired from the 
New Orleans Public Library and is 
enjoying life in general. 

James Harris Lewis '56 has been 
elected judge of the Chatham County 
Probate Court. 


Elizabeth 0. Hitt '61 is associated 
with Memorial Medical Center. She vol- 
unteers at the Green Meldrim House, 
Davenport House, Telfair Art Academy, 
and the Georgia Historical Society. 
She also serves as an usher for the 
Savannah Symphony. 

Norman L. Heidt '68 is president of 
Johnny Harris Restaurant. He has 
been in the restaurant business for 
twenty-nine years. 

Patrick J. King '68 received a mas- 
ter's degree in educational psychology 
from Texas Tech University. He is pur- 
suing a doctorate in counselor educa- 
tion at Southern Illinois University. He 
recently donated his class ring to the 
alumni office. See story on page fif- 

A. Lee Lassiter '68 has been appoint- 
ed ombudsman for the Office of Thrift 
Supervision. He serves as a liaison 
between the Thrift Industry and the 

Doug Weathers '68 is vice president 
of news at WTOC-TV. 

William H. Davis '69 has been pro- 
moted to assistant director and senior 
manager of claims services for Gulf 
Atlantic Management Group of Ft. 
Lauderdale. He lives in Miami, FL. 

Jimmy Page '69 was recently named 
an assistant vice president at The 
Coca-Cola Company. 

Carolyn H. Phillips '69, '71 is now a 

partner in the accounting firm of 
Hancock, Askew & Co. 


Delores O'Hara-Spearman '70 left her 
career in dental hygiene to study his- 
tory at FSU. 

Linda Medlock Boggus '70 is the 

executive director of the Mountain 
Valley Arts Council in Guntersville, AL. 
Linda and husband, Jim '70, have two 

Larry Langford '71 is manager of 
retail banking at First Liberty Bank. 

Ray Burke, Jr. '72 is technical director 
at the Savannah Sugar Refinery. 

Jerry Konter '72 has been elected 
vice president/treasurer of the Home 
Builders Association of Georgia. 

F. Robert Sisson '72 has been elect- 
ed vice president of SunTrust Bank in 

Nancy B. Breland '73 is a medical 
technologist at the Southeast Georgia 
Regional Medical Center in Brunswick. 

Joanne Moylan '73, a dental hygiene 
graduate, received her BS in technolo- 
gy from the University of Houston. She 
lives in Birmingham, AL, with her hus- 
band, Jim, and three daughters. 

Dorsey D. Stover '73 spent twenty- 
three years in local law enforcement. 
He is accreditation manager of the 
Chatham County Police Department. 
He also earned a master of theology 
degree in 1994 and works as a pastor 
at two local Baptist churches. 

Patricia Overstreet Williams '73, 

after several years of school adminis- 
tration, has returned to teaching 
English at Windsor Forest High School 
in Savannah. 

Larry Kusic '75 has been designated 
a chartered life underwriter for the Life 
of Georgia Insurance Company. 

Tom O'Brien '75 is a contractor sales 
representative with Grayco Home . 
Center in Savannah. 

Nicholas Rimedio '75 is chief chemist 
at Savannah Sugar Refinery. 

Diane O'Neal Wheeler '75 is a dental 
hygienist in the navy. She is stationed 
in the Mediterranean. 

Otis L. Hayward '76 retired last year. 
Since then he has been appointed 
legislative officer of the National 
Association of Retired Federal 
Employees, Chapter 264. He lives in 
Mt. Rainier, MD. 

Dennis Meeks '76 has been designat- 
ed a chartered life underwriter for 
Mutual of New York's Savannah 

Miriam Collins Carthon '77 has been 
a staff nurse at Memorial Medical 
Center, a nursing instructor at 
Savannah Tech, and an employee of 
Americare Home Health. 

Ken Council '77 is involved with the 
Houston, Texas Krew of Olympus (a 
Mardi Gras group formed twenty-six 
years ago) and the Greater Houston 
Gay and Lesbian Chamber of 

W. Alson "Al" Crick '78 is a loss con- 
trol consultant with Hilb, Rogal & 
Hamilton Insurance Agents. He and 
wife, Marie, live in Pooler. 

Lee E. Sowell '78 has been promoted 
to vice president of marketing for 
Ryobi Outdoor Products in Phoenix, 


Dennis L. Atkens '80 is an agent with 
State Farm Insurance and pastor at 
Beulah Baptist Church. 

David L. IVIIIIs '80 is vice president of 
Wachovia Bank. 

Fred Rabhan '80 has been elected 
secretary of the Savannah Jewish 
Federation Board of Directors. 

Timothy A. Malac '81 was inducted 
into the second annual class of 
Georgia Tech's Council of Outstanding 
Young Engineering Alumni. 

Douglas Carroll '82 is executive vice 
president at Health Partners Services. 

Jeffrey L. Stone '82, '91 is an account 
executive at Dean Witter Reynolds in 

Randy Houston '83 is the Southeast 
Georgia regional territory manager for 
Wise Foods. He and his wife, Rhonda, 
live in Savannah. 

Sherry Kohler Bath '84 is self- 
employed as a medical record consul- 
tant for nursing home facilities. This 
summer she will become president of 
the Southeast Georgia Health 
Information Management Association. 

Pamela E. Parker '84 has been 
appointed manager of the Candler 
Hospital Branch of Wachovia Bank. 

John S. DeLorme '85 has joined the 
adminstrative staff at Armstrong 

John M. Faircloth '85 is an assistant 
at the Chatham County Library. 

I N 

M E M O R I A M 

Robert W. Anderson '71 

Frances Murry '42 


August 14, 1994 

November 1995 

Lorraine Anchors, 

Louis R. Alexander '41 

Spencer Parker '92 

October 26, 1995, 

February 1, 1996 

November 24, 1995 

Professor of English Emerita, 

Charles Becton '48 

Jesse R. Parrish '48 


March 1996 

February 4, 1996 

Janet Currie '37, 

Pamela B. Bragdon '88 

James A. Rowe '54 

taught English in the 1980s 

December 18, 1995 

September 8, 1995 

Mary Miller, 

Patience L. Burke '81 

Philip M. Russell III '50 

college's first librarian 

February 13, 1996 

February 1, 1996 

John F. Newman, 

Althea Hendrix Cheatham '90 

Charles P Simon '41, '56 

December 25, 1995, 

November 14, 1995 

November 11, 1995 

retired professor of government 

Arthur Cody '61 

George H. Spirides '64 

William Starrs, 

September 6, 1995 

November 4, 1995 

taught theatre and English in the 

Catherine Moore Lingenfelser 

Dwayne A. Washington '87 

1960s and 1970s 

February 3, 1996 

February 26, 1996 

Erick B. Murchison 

Linda Way-Smith '70 

October 14, 1995 

November 24, 1995 
Helen J. Youngblood '53 

February?, 1996 


Karl E. Grotheer '85 manages the 
HRIS and HR Operations at Memorial 
IVledical Center. 

Mark Tillman '85 is now manager of 
safety and industrial hygiene at Union 
Camp's Savannah mill complex. 

Julie DeLettre '88, '90 is clinical out 
reach coordinator of the Renfrew 
Center of Florida and Pennsylvania, a 
women's mental healthcare facility. 

Kim Grier Warren '88 lives an active 
life in Lexington, SC. She is a captain 
in the air force reserves, a nurse at 
the Lexington Medical Center, a moth- 
er, and a member of the board of 
directors of the Mental Health 
Association in Mid-Carolina. 

Shari Matz Welch '88 is employed by 
ScreenTest USA as a talent director. 
She lives in Boca Raton, FL. 

Eva Sabrina Simmons '89 received a 
post doctoral research (chemistry) 
position in Antwerp, Belgium, studying 
under Erik DeSchutter. 


Stephanie R. Gray '90, a registered 
dental hygienist in Hardeeville, SC, 
has been certified to practice dental 
hygiene in three states. She sends her 
special thanks to Professor Susan 
Edenfield, to whom she attributes her 

John P. Muntzer '91 joined the marine 
corps in 1993. He recently graduated 
from the Basic Landing Support 
Course at Camp Lejeune, NC. 

Vincent J. Palmiotto '91 is a Marine 
1st. Lt. and has completed the Basic 
School at Quantico, VA. 

Debra Schueller Robinson '91 teach- 
es in Bryan County. 

Bettyann L. Talley '91 is associated 
with the law firm of Bouhan, Williams 
and Levy. 

W. Kemp Nussbaum III '92 is assis- 
tant vice president of Palmer & 
Cay/Carswell, Inc. Insurance Agents. 

James E. Terrell '92 is administrator 
of building and electrical maintenance 
for the City of Savannah. 

Stephen A. Mathis '93 received his 
MS in sport management in 1995. He 
is on the athletic staff at The Atlanta 
International School. 

James Bousquet '94 is a software 
engineer at Optimum Resource in 
Bluffton, SC. 

Holly Weeks Geriner '94 is a K 5 

teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran Day 

Craig H. Powell '94 is a sales associ- 
ate with Belk of Savannah at 
Oglethorpe Mall. 

Marie Miller Smith '94 is assistant 
director of nursing services at 
Hillhaven Convalescent Center. 

F n N 

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Tenia S. Baxley '95 to Larry T. Mashburn 

November 18, 


Lisa H. Cohen '92 to Doug A. Goldstein 

March 9, 


Tracy L. Dickerson '93 to Andrew B. Wilson 

March 29, 


Montreal L. Freeman '91 to Danielle R. Scott 

September 2, 


Leigh H. KIbler '94 to H. Marlin Baker, Jr. 

December 1995 

Michael S. King '95 to Jennifer C. Hinely 

March 30, 


Jennifer J. Sammons '94 to Gregg A. Thomas ' 


December 9, 


Chris N. Simons '89 to Charmen E. Warbington 

March 9, 


Pam Atkinson '95 teaches first grade 
in Jesup. 

Kathryn Haines '95 is a lab technician 
for EM Industries. 

Jacqueline M. Stout '95 is a staff RN 
in the Neuroscience Unit at Candler 
Hospital and a charge nurse in the 
recovery room at Savannah Medical 

Blaisdell B. Willis IV '95 is employed 
by EMLA Services in Richmond Hill. 


Charlene Maciejewski '75, and her 

husband, Lyie, September 12, 1995, 
daughter, Sarah Faith. 

Daniel F. Barta '83 and his wife, 
Sheryl, April 9, 1996, daughter, 


Martha Hahn Ruch '41, and her hus- 
nand, Asher, fifty years, February 23, 
1996. Their children treated them to a 
trip to Germany and Austria. 

Maintaining decorum and prudence in the courtroom challenges and defines the characte 

Epileptic Feet 

On Juvenile Court Judge John Beam's desk is a 
Softball, a collection of rugged, loaf-sized rocks, a 
nutcracker, and a bowl of nuts. A map on the wall 
shows a daisy-yellow line marking his trek up the 
Appalachian Trail. "It's my passion, these days. I'm 
only up to here," Beam '69 says, pointing to a spot 
in Virginia. The "stuff on his desk gives youngsters 
he counsels something to do with their hands. 

Beam is a soft-spoken, boyish-faced man. "1 get 
called Judge Roy Bean a lot. You know, the hang- 
ing judge. Law Vilest of the Pecos, that's me," he 

His explanation of a career in law has the ideal- 
istic ring you want from someone of his demeanor. 
"During the late 60s and early 70s at Ai'mstrong, 
there was this idea that we could help people more 
by becoming a part of the system," he says. He con- 
sidered social work and the seminary, but finally 
settled on law school at the University of 

Beam reflects how maintaining one's courtly 
decorum reaches delicate brinks at times. "Judges 
cannot smirk, laugh, or roll their eyes, even sigh 
sarcastically" he explains, recalling how a nervous 
mother once explained her son's pathological tru- 
ancy She said the boy was absent because of 
epileptic feet. "Epileptic feet?" Beam questioned. 
"Yes sir, your honor, that's when you wear tennis 
shoes too much and vour toes start to itch." 

id humanity of Judges John Beam '69, Leesa Bohler '80, and Frank Cheatham '44. 


Humor, however, is but a small part 
of it. Many of Beam's cases give a 
poignant meaning to the word "trial." 
Custody suits are especially agonizing 
because parents often just want to "dig 
up dirt on each other," or put on a show. 
"1 need to know what kind of parents 
these people are, whether or not they 
are nurturing," he says. "Are they con- 
cerned about the child's education? 
Getting the necessary information is 
sometimes tedious and wrenching." 

This is obviously a painful subject for 
the gentle, passionate man who has ever 
been driven to defend individual rights. 
"To ensure that everyone's rights are 
protected is what I get to do here in this 
court," Beam emphasizes. "Nothing is 
more important." 

It is worth a trip to Judge Beam's 
office just to chat with him. What is that 
derogatory Shakespearean remark about 
judges; or was it lawyers? Forget it. 


Arguing With Walls 




PAYS O^"^ 

Leesa Bohler '80, Workers' Compensation 
Court judge, can explain her profession better 
than any cynic. "The broad public perception 
of lawyers may be negative," she says, "but per- 
sonal experiences prove otherwise. Good 
lawyer news isn't juicy so the bad things get 
more exposure." This dichotomy does not phase Bohler, whose personality is itself 
an engaging mix of paradoxes. She recalls highlights of her years at Armstrong: get- 
ting "willingly" thrown in the campus fountain; noisy, mindless parties at "Swanky 
Franky's Club" in the Inkwell office; and Bill Coyle's constitutional law classes 
where students applauded lectures. "1 couldn't have been better prepared for 
Mercer Law School," she says. "Or for what 1 am doing now." 

Since childhood Bohler wanted to be an attor- 
ney. "I would argue with a wall," she explains. 
This do-it-yourself training proved useful when 
she tried the famous great-wall-of-dirt case. A 
road construction company had piled a Himalaya 
of earth by a woman's driveway The woman 
maneuvered around it for a long while. She fell 
one day broke her arm, and sued Bohler's client. 
"1 won the case — the great-wall-of-dirt 
defense," she smiles. After all, she had been 
opposing walls for a long time. 

A practicing attorney for eleven years, Bohler 
applied for her present position after losing a 
disappointing and notorious jury-trial case. "I 
kind of lost faith in the system," she teases. A 
quick, and reassuring laugh puts this heresy into 
perspective. But it was time to change. "Family 
duties became more demanding; besides that, my 
handwriting was in serious decline." 

Unlike other courts. Workers' Compensation 
Court can sometimes demand an ironic double- 
advocacy when neither side has counsel. Usually, 
though, Judge Bohler simply has to remind her- 
self: "Just listen. Don't talk. Sit on your hands. 
Bite your tongue." And in the long stretches, she 
perfects her doodling expertise: arabesque loops 
and curlicues, sharp geometries, flowers and 
lace. "The doodles keep me quiet and calm," says 
Bohler, "but I'd hate to see them analyzed." 

"I've been on the bench now for eighteen 
months," she says. "It's fun. But I have always 
enjoyed my work." Judge Bohler is in the right 
place. Sensible, dedicated people ought to have 
fun doing the right thing, even arguing with a 
wall. No matter the wall. 

No Ordinary 

When Superior Court Judge 
Frank Cheatham '44 was chosen by a 
Citizens' Committee to run for the 
legislature in 1953, the electorate 
was warned by a Savannah-Chatham 
political boss that Cheatham would 
be about as effective in the legisla- 
ture "as a Pekinese on a coon-hunt." 
Cheatham won by a two-to-one mar- 
gin; the boss, with his fiefdom crum- 
bling around him, was silent. After 
getting the legislature to pass a 
council-manager charter for 
Savannah, which the machine had 
fought, Cheatham commented wryly: 
"Some dog." 

"Some dog" is right, for Cheatham 
was a leader in the most significant 
political reform movement in twenti- 
eth-century local government. Since 
the days of the Gibson girl, 
Savannah-Chatham had been domi- 
nated by good-ole-boy rule; their 
tick-tight fist of power suddenly 
began to creak loudly in the joints. 
"It was 1948, right after WWII," says 
Cheatham, "when the veterans dis- 
covered they were routinely disen- 
franchised at the voting booth." The boss-driven local government had a 
historic addiction — stealing elections. 

In that pre-voting-machine era, Cheatham recalls how voters had 
paper ballots the size of bedsheets on which to pencil-in their choices. 
Usually an overseer was there, to ensure the "right" marking. "Poll man- 
agers and workers would insert pencil lead under an index fingernail and 
surreptitiously change any vote they wished," he says. "Bay rum cadets 
from Factor's Walk and ladies of the evening from Indian Lil's were hired 
to vote illegally, even in the name of the dead." 

Cheatham was a fresh University of Georgia 
hwyer and member of the Jaycees who organized 
action to clean up the mess. Those were no ordinary 
times according to Cheatham. "The State of 
Chatham was a real hickory nut to crack," Cheatham 
muses. His violet-pale eyes, at once pensive and 
fiery, alone tell a fine tale. "But we cracked it." 

"With the assistance of the League of Women 
Voters, we set up committees, monitored election 

boxes, and stymied the vote stealing," he says. 
Cheatham served in the Georgia House of 
Representatives from 1953-59. During his tenure, a 
new city charter was passed to establish the present 
city-manager government, the city limits were rede- 
fined, voting machines were put in place. A new era 

—RS W 

The Advanta 







In our society, the mention of 
inbreeding usually stirs disap- 
proving looks, nervous giggles, 
and delicate whispers behind the 
shadow of a cupped hand. But 
research in India by Deborah Walker, 
assistant professor of anthropology, 
indicates the advantages of marrying 
close relatives: healthier children and 
parents who "invest" more in their off- 

Scientists have demonstrated for 
decades that after three generations of consistent 
inbreeding (by a significant percentage of the popu- 
lation), the deleterious effects disappear or are 
greatly reduced. While Walker discovered that the 
inbred children she studied were healthier than 
those who were outbred, she was more intrigued by 
the reasons for this phenomenon. 

"We found that these parents invest more in 
their kids because they are more closely related to 
them," she says. "The greater degree of relatedness, 
the greater the parental investment." 

Walker and co-researcher (and spouse) 
Arindam Mukherjee focused their study on the 
Vadabalija, a fishing caste who live in several small 
villages scattered along the southern coast of the 
Bay of Bengal. Ti'aditional unions do exist there, but 
cousin marriages and uncle-niece marriages are 
common. Walker and Mukherjee had a perfect set- 

ting to test their prediction, based on 
evolutionary theory, that inbred chil- 
dren would receive greater parental 
resources than outbred children. 

Parental investment takes many 
forms — financial, psychological, bio- 
logical, and cultural. It reflects what a 
parent does for one child which, in 
turn, may take away from what can be 
done for other children. Walker and 
Mukherjee's study focused exclusively 
on biological indicators of parental 

Assessments were made by comparing family 
genealogies, women's reproductive histories, and 
anthropometric measurements of 150 children. 
First, families were interviewed and genealogies 
drawn: a process that planted the fastest growing 
grapevine in village history. By the second day in a 
village, everyone in the community already knew 
precisely what the Western visitors were up to. 

Some of the littles ones shed tears when they 
first spied the researchers approaching wth clip- 
boards in hand. "They thought we were physicians 
there to give them immunizations," Walker says 
with a laugh. "We gave them chocolates and took 
their photographs as a way to say thank you." One 
would-be adult entrepreneur even claimed to be 
inbred until she saw there were no extravagant 
rewards for ingenious genetics. 

After establishing a good rapport with the fami- 
lies and earning their trust, Walker asked the most 
crucial, and most sensitive, questions of the women. 
How old were they when they got married? When 
were their children born? Did they have any miscar- 
riages? At what point did menses begin after child- 
birth? How long did they breastfeed each child? 

"Breastfeeding is a good indicator of parental 
investment because the mother is literally expend- 
ing calories to feed her child and possibly delaying 
her next birth. If she's breastfeeding her child and 
she's fairly lean due to poor nutrition, she's much 
less likely to ovulate or begin menstruation," Walker 
says. "In other words, her physical investment in 
that child diminishes her capacity to get pregnant." 

This study is the first to examine the relation- 
ship between parental investment and the degree of 
relatedness between parents and children. "We 
have finished analyzing the data," she says. "After 
four years of age, when weaning takes place, these 
kids were taller and heavier and had greater arm 
and calf circumferences — all markers of good 
nutritional status. So compared to the non-inbred 
children, they had superior nutritional status." 

Walker and Mukherjee were careful to control 
for age and sex, wealth and educational differences, 
household size, and differences in village 
type. "Everyone loves to complain 
about how much money they have 
to spend," Walker explains. "It 
was fairly easy to recognize the 
signs of wealth: tube lights, ceiling 
fans, and the occasional pet dog. We 
would peek into houses and look at 
pots — women display their pots on the 
wall — aluminum pots meant they were poorer — 

brass pots, a sign of wealth. The clearest evidence, 
though, was color televisions and motor scooters, 
both extremely rare." 

She admits that after four weeks of fieldwork 
and four months in India, it was very hard to leave. 
"It was an incredible experience. We were just roar- 
ing about the fieldwork and ecstatic." Ironically the 
only culture shock she felt was upon returning 
home. "Everything here seems so expensive; the food 
tastes funny — full of preservatives, not very fresh, 
and I miss seeing people of all ages everyday." 

The usefulness of Walker's research is clear: the 
more we know about parental investment strategies, 
the easier we can predict which children may be at 
risk of parental neglect. Although there is more to 
understand, the ramifications are exciting. Like fire 
shadows dancing the walls of caves. Walker's study 
brightens the old darkness with an intriguing incan- 
descence. — LH 

Walker's ivork was made possible by Armstrong 
Atlantic's India Exchange Program with Andhra 
University. Each year faculty and students travel to 
the subcontinent to research, attend classes, give lec- 
tures, and savor the country's rich cultures. As 
Armstrong Magazine goes to press. Walker is again 
en route to India as part of the University 
System of Georgia's International 
Faculty Development Program. 

Contributors to 
the Armstrong 
State College 
Foundation, Inc. 
are entitled to 
all tax benefits 
authorized by 

The Armstrong State College 
Foundation, Inc. Board of 
Directors are the people who make 
it happen. They are business and 
community leaders who give their 
time, professional expertise, and 
support to obtain resources for the 

Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr. '53, 


Jane A. Feiler 74, 

vice president 

John A. Gehrm II, 

executive vice president 
& assistant secretary 

M. Lane Morrison, 




Dorothy M. Eckhart, 

assistant treasurer 

Curtis G. Anderson 
Robert H. Demere, Jr. 
Helen Downing 
Richard A. Estus 
Brian R. Foster 
Jack M. Jones 
Donald A. Kole 
J. Curtis Lewis, III 
Nick J. Mamalakis 
Beiyamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 
WiUis J. Potts, Jr. 
Philip Solomons, Sr. '38 
Arnold Tenenbaum 
Irving Victor '41, adjunct 
Floyd Adams, Jr. '71, a 

Fortifying t 

Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams 71 accepts his Presidents Club plaque 
from Armstrong Atlantic President Robert Burnett. Adams was also 
recently named adjunct member of the Armstrong State College 
Foundation Board of Directors. 


he Armstrong State College Foundation (soon to be the 
AASU Foundation) continues to grow as it enters its third fis- 
cal year. Generous gifts from individuals, corporations, and 
foundations are building a firm foundation for Armstrong 
Atlantic's future and attest to the faith the Coastal Empire has 
in the university's mission. 

As of April 30 the foundation raised $413,634 — bringing 
the total assets of the foundation to $812,018. Major gifts in 
1996 include a $25,000 general scholarship endowment com- 
mitment from {]\Q Savannah News-Press over the next fi^'e 
years. Foundation Board Member Nick Mamalakis gave a 
$25,000 gift by making the Armstrong State College 
Foundation a primary beneficiary on a paid-up life insurance 
policy. The foundation has also received an anonymous 
$50,000 commitment for the ceramics program. 

In other development news, the Presidents Club now has 
forty-five members, listed on the next page. Four memberships 
are at the $2,500 level and one is at the $5,000 level. 

iE University's Mission 


Presidents Club Charter Members 

The Presidents Cluh honors the presidents of Armstrong Junior College, Armstrong State College, and Armstrong Atlantic State 
University. Funds from the Presidents Cluh help the university secure the resources necessary to maintain a vmr^n of academic 
excellence. Charter membership is currently open in all three annual ^ving levels. 

MEMBERS (in order of joining) 
$1,000 to $2,499 annually: 

Bob & Mary Burnett 

John & Hester Gehrm 

Bob '49 & Helen Strozier '51 

Marie Simmons '58 

Melaver, Incorporated 

Fred Williams Homes 

Herbert S. Traub '37 

Nick Mamalakis 

Jane '74 & Edwin Feller 

Ruth '40 & Frank Barragan '38 

Cissie & Irving Victor '41 

Emma Thomson Simon '75 

S. Lloyd Newberry 

Genevieve & Nancy White 

David H. Dickey '74 

Ross L. Bowers '83 

Joe & Marilyn Buck '77 

Frank A. & Martina A. Butler 

Employees of Kroger #404 

Helen & Ned Downing 

Savannah News-Press 

W. Ray Persons '75 

Luci Li Murdock 

Ray Gaster '72 

Kathy & Cliff McCurry '68 

Chatham Steel Corporation 

Lowe's of south Savannah 

Steak & Ale, Savannah 

Robert & Susan Lefavi 

Jack M. Jones 

Kaye '75 & Donald Kole 

Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 

Joseph V. Adams 

S. Elmo & Elizabeth Weeks ' 


Floyd Adams, Jr. '71 

Henry & Eloise Harris 

Saturn of Savannah 

Jimmy W. Page '69 

Ted & Marcia Erickson '52 

Employees of Michaels Arts & Crafts 


$2,500 to $4,999 annually: 

Molly Gignilliat '53 
Colonial Oil Industries, Inc. 
NationsBank of Georgia NA 
Shirley and Philip Solomons '38 


$5,000 or more annually: 

Curtis G. Anderson 

Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. Methods of Giving 

Although the most common method of giving to the 
university is writing a check, several other options 
exist for alumni and friends who wish to support 
Armstrong Atlantic by giving to the Armstrong State 
College Foundation. 

1. CASH. A gift of cash to the Armstrong State 
College Foundation is to your advantage. For exam- 
ple, a $2,000 cash gift before December 31 (in 
the twenty-eight percent marginal tax bracket) 
saves $560 in taxes. A higher tax bracket will gen- 
erate greater tax savings. 

2. SECURITIES. Gifts of appreciated secuhties are 
one of the most advantageous ways of giving. If 
your gift of stock has been owned for over a year, 
you may deduct the full market value of the stock, 
while bypassing capital gains taxes. 

3. REAL ESTATE. Gifts of appreciated real estate 
are like gifts of appreciated stock. Assuming you 
have owned the property for over a year, you may 
deduct the fair market value of real estate as a 
charitable contribution and avoid capital gams 

4. INSURANCE. Life insurance is a unique way to 
give to Armstrong Atlantic. Qualification is based 
OR Armstrong Atlantic's becoming owner and bene- 
ficiary. On a paid up policy, your charitable contri- 
bution is generally the rep'.icement value or cost 
basis of the policy, whichever is less. Premiums 
paid on a gift life insurance policy also qualify for 

5. PERSONAL PROPERTY. Gift of tangible personal 
property related to Armstrong Atlantic's exempt pur- 
poses are fully tax deductible at fair market value. 

6. UNITRUST. The unitrust offers substantial tax sav- 
ings while providing annual income to you or your 
family. The unitrust is funded with a donated asset; 
appreciated property or securities are usually best. 
Within the unitrust, assets can be sold and proceeds 
reinvested to produce a greater yield for the donor(s) 
or beneficiary. Income is a fixed percentage of the 
net asset value of the trust and is valued annually. If 
the value of the trust increases, so does the income 
payout, providing a hedge against inflation. 
Immediate benefits of a unitrust include: current 
income tax deduction; bypass of capital gains taxes 
when sold; and usually an increase in income. 

7. LEAD TRUST. Charitable lead trust provides 
immediate support for Armstrong Atlantic State 
University through income generated by the assets in 
trust for a set period of time. The assets then pass 
to a non-chahtable beneficiary such as the donor, the 
donor's children, or other persons the donor speci- 
fies. In a lead trust, the donor gives the foundation 
the current economic benefit of the transferred 
assets and retains the hght to reacquire possession 
and control of the assets in the future. 

8. BEQUEST IN WILL. A bequest is a gift of any 
amount or form made to the foundation in a donor's 
will. Bequests may provide for a specific dollar 

amount in cash, specific securities, specific articles 
of tangible personal property, or a percentage of the 
residue of the estate. 

Matching gifts can significantly increase your contribu- 
tion to Armstrong Atlantic. Check with your personnel 
office for details. 

The Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. is the 
legal entity designated to receive charitable contribu- 
tions on behalf of Armstrong Atlantic State University. 
The foundation is a non-profit Georgia corporation and 
is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

The foundation encourages the solicitation and 
acceptance of gifts from individuals, corporations, 
and foundations which enable it to fulfill the universi- 
ty's purposes of teaching, research, and community 
service. All gifts must comply with the gift policy of 
the Armstrong State College Foundation, Inc. 

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^11*3-11 0^C \^^OITin3,riy in a makeshift photographic studio, 
students envision themselves as literary and historical figures they relate to or most 
admire: a menacing ^naKespearean ruier, a beautiful Biblicai queer., and 
Americas — the world's — most celebrated aviatrix. 


A Amelia Earhart 

by Ramona Harmon, 25 

Senior, General Studies 

"She was brave and adventurous 

especially for her time. 

I admire her high-spiritedness." 

"' Queen Esther 

(from the Old Testament) 
by Myrah Duncan, 28 
Graduate student, 
Criminal Justice 
"She was really courageous. 
My mother had a vision that 
she was Queen Esther, so this 
is in her honor." 


(from Measure for Measure) 
by Robert Rees, Jr., 21 
Senior, Drama/Speech/Theatre 
chose him because he's mis- 
understood, a dark yet passion- 
ate figure. I identify with him." 

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Amelia Earhart gear courtesy 6 
the H. Paul Blatner Collectioi) 




Series, Marrying Close Relatives: 


Women's Volleyball, 

Advantages of Inbreeding, 

AASU vs. Pembroke State, 6:30 p.m. 

12:15 p.m., Health Professions Auditorium 


Women's Volleyball, 


Women's Volleyball, Peach Belt Tournament 

AASU vs. use Spartanburg, 2:00 p.m. 


Men's Basketball, 


Women's Volleyball, Tri-Conference 

AASU vs. Southern Wesleyan, 7:30 p.m. 


Armstrong Wind Ensemble, 


8:00 p.m.. Fine Arts Auditorium 


Women's Volleyball, 


Men's Basketball, 

AASU vs. Flagler, 3:00 p.m. 

AASU vs. Savannah State, 7:30 p.m. 


Mock Interview Day 


J. Harry Persse Memorial Concert featuring 


Comedian Buzz Strickland, 

the Armstrong Choirs, 3:00 p.m., 

7:00 p.m.. Faculty Dining Room 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 


Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture 


Men's Basketball, 

Series, The God Theory, 

AASU vs. Florida Memorial, 7:30 p.m. 

12:15 p.m.. Health Professions Auditorium 


Armstrong Jazz Ensemble and 


Women's Volleyball, Georgia Bash 

Armstrong Percussion Ensemble, 


Women's Volleyball, 

8:00 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium 

AASU vs. use Aiken, 7:00 p.m. 


Women's Basketball, 


Coastal Georgia Community College's Job Fair 

AASU vs. St. Leo College, 6:00 p.m. 


Women's Volleyball, 

AASU vs. Florida Community College, 6:30 p.m. 



Women's Volleyball, Lady Pirate Invitational 


Women's Basketball, 


Women's Volleyball, AASU vs. SCAD, 7:00 p.m. 

AASU vs. Barry University, 6:00 p.m. 


Women's Volleyball, 


Winterfest High School Honor Band Camp 

AASU vs. Francis Marion, 6:30 p.m. 


Finale Concert of the Winterfest 


Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture 

Honor Band Camp, 7:00 p.m., 

Series, A'o Ifs, Ands, or Butts: The Underage 

Fine Arts Auditorium 

Smoker Problem, 12:15 p.m.. Health 


Kids Nite Out, 

Professions Auditorium 

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.. Memorial College Center 


Tales of Terror III, 


Women's Basketball, 

7:30 p.m., Flannery O'Connor House 

AASU vs. Presbyterian College, 7:00 p.m. 

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Kids Nite Out, 


Women's Basketball, 

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.. Memorial College Center 

AASU vs. Clayton State College, 5:30 p.m. 


Francis Sanders and Beverly Jarvis 


Men's Basketball, 

Weaving and Quilt Exhibit, 

AASU vs. Clayton State College, 7:30 p.m. 

Fine Arts Gallery (through Nov. 11) 

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Women's Volleyball, 



AASU vs. Augusta, 7:00 p.m. 

Admissions/Registrar 912/927-5277 

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Student Government Association 

Art and music events 912/927-5391 


Blood Drive, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. 

Athletic activities 912/927-5336 


Memorial College Center Lobby 

Masquers' productions 912/927-5289 


6-9 Georgia Music Teachers Association 

State Convention 
7 Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture 

All events are open to alumni and friends. 


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Armstrong Magazine 
is published twice a year by the 
Office of University Relations for 
alumni and friends of Armstrong 

Atlantic State University. 

For additional information about 

articles or activities at the 

university, contact the Editor, 

Armstrong Magazine, 

11935 Abercorn Street, 

Savannah, GA 31419-1997, 

telephone 912/927-5222, 

fax 912/920-6574, 


Lauretta Hannon, editor 

Sarah Metzgar, Robert Strozier '49, 

contributing writers 

Gail Brannen, pfiotograplier 

Joan Lehon '92, 

chief production assistant 

Ramona Harmon '97, 

editorial assistant 

Don Bagwell: Digital Impact, 

grapliic design 

William Cebie Smith, director of alumni 
affairs and annual fund 

Robert A. Burnett, president 

Armstrong Atlantic State University 

is part of the University System of Georgia. 

The Armstrong Atlantic 

community includes approximately 

5,600 undergraduate and graduate 

students and 250 faculty. 

Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 

the university today serves a rich 

gamut of students from across the 

state, the nation, and the world. 


From a hacheted cherry tree to liaisons in 
White House closets, we snoop and sniff for any scandal 

about our presidential leaders. 

In the Zone With a Madman 

Assistant Dean Dick Nordquist going fast, 
casting no shadows. 

Come out, Come Out, Wherever You Are 

A photographic tour of favorite student haunts 
the dark places and the bright 


Eminent EcoNomcsl 


$500,000 gift from Philip Solomons, Sr. '38 will fund an 
eminent scholar chair in economics, 

Armstrong Clan Crest 
Motto: I remain unvanquistied 





Celebrate AASU Day 


n October 10 school spirit was higher than anyone could 
remember. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni crammed the quad to 
celebrate Armstrong's new name and university status. Chancellor 
Stephen Portch and President Burnett announced that Anne Hudson, 
professor of math, had been named National Professor of the Year. A 

new logo and revamped mascot were unveiled. People waited in lon^ 
lines for free hotdogs and AASU t-shirts. Enterprising students and 
faculty sold everything from chili and cookies to massages and pho- 
tographs with a real British bobby. The gala was so successful that 
Celebrate AASU Day will become an annual fall event. 


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While most were raising funds for their organizations, two rambunctious female students set 
up a kissing blanket and pocketed all the profits. Their sign read, "$i^ 25e to ecstasy." 

You cannot believe how much chili he ate before taking 
a spin in the Orbitron. 

Office of Human 

Resources "witches" poke 

fun at themselves. 




Celebrate AASU Day, 

Al Jesite, a senior physical therapy 
student, massages a smile from 
Chancellor Portch after a hard day of 

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Professor of the Year 

Math Professor Anne Hudson has been named National Professor 
of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the 
Advancement and Support of Education. Recognized as the best 
teacher at any senior college or university, Hudson has been busy giv- 
ing lectures at the Smithsonian and receiving kudos from colleagues 
around the world. Her most recent coup: stirring the staid Joint 
Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly to its feet for a 
clamorous standing ovation. Her topic: better pay for faculty. 


Armstrong Atlantic 
State University 

New Directions and a Familiar Figure 

Soon after ASC became AASU, a committee of alumni, faculty staff, and students was 
formed to develop an institutional logo and a new pirate. They selected the sixteen-point star 
compass. The logo and mascot process was exemplary and garnered national attention in the 
February 21 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

After unveiling the logo, President Burnett made the following comments. 

The compass is a very appropriate symbol for an institution that has shaped the direc- 
tion of higher education in Savannah and impacted many worlds beyond the borders of 
coastal Georgia. The compass is also an icon — a monument to the students who have left our 
classrooms armed with the tools needed to enrich their homes, churches, professions, and 

The compass reminds us of where we have been and what ive must never lose — a 
unique learning environment where academic excellence is not an option, but an imperative. 

As the compass points to the role we will play in the new millennium., one thing is cer- 
tain — our course is bold, bright, and steady. In our academic and service programs we often 
talk of range and scope and reach. My promise to you and to those who will follow is that we 
shall continue to expand our good work — in new directions and unexpected places. We 
believe the compass best conveys the spirit and substance of Armstrong Atlantic State 

A Swashbuckling Makeover 

For years, Armstrong has needed a consistent athletic image. More than thirty- versions of 
pirates were in use; many were sketches decades old. At the unveiling ceremony, a lively crowd 
cheered as the snappy madeover mascot made his debut. 

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King Marches On 

Edward King. Or King Edward. Whatever you call him, Eddie King answers 
with enthusiasm. As pirate mascot and homecoming king, he is an energetic, 
pumped-up performer. His half-time shows at the basketball games attract seri- 
ous fans. The freshman's first official function as homecoming king was to repre- 
sent AASU in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and he did so with flourish — giving 
. autographs to everyone who approached his entourage. 

King, who hails from Kingsland, GA, is also active in the Ebony Coalition 
and the Minority Advisement Program. No wonder Lillie James, King's mother, is 
proud. Here's to your majesty. 

Edward King as the big-headed pirate mascot with the moves. 


► Fair96 Enrollment: 5,617 

► University Hall, the 85,000 square-foot classroom and office build- 
ing under construction, is scheduled for completion late this year. It 
will be the largest facility on campus. 

► AASU will convert to a semester system in the autumn of 1998. 

► Graduate Offerings: 


Criminal Justice 
Health Science 

Physical Therapy 

► James Repella, dean of the School of Health 
Professions, is president of Alpha Eta, the national 
allied health honor society. 

► The AASU student chapter of the Collegiate 
Music Educators National Conference has been 
named a Chapter of Excellence. Only nine universi- 
ties in the country received the honor. 


► AASU's College of Education is the state leader in the production 
of minority teachers. 

► Like many other AASU students, Sharon 
Brookshire successfully orchestrates a complicated 
schedule of work, family and classes. This quarter 
she'll clock hundreds of miles between AASU, her 
job at a dental office in Brunswick, and her home in 
Richmond Hill. A scholarship from the Wine and 
Spirit Wholesalers of Georgia allowed Brookshire to 
finish her associate's in dental hygiene. With the 
help of a HOPE scholarship, she is aiming for a bache- 
lor's in dental hygiene education. 


I WVYiD Armstrong Magazine; it was as if I was home! I 
wished I had the early editions! 

Anastasia K. Harrison '91, '95 

1 was delighted in your last edition to locate an old friend and 
fraternity brother, Pat King '68, in Class Notes and see that he 
donated his class ring for Armstrong memorabilia. I wish to donate 
my Phi Delta Gamma fraternity jacket to the Office of Alumni 
Affairs and challenge all former fraternity and sorority members of 
the 60s to donate their memorabilia. 

The Vietnam conflict interrupted my education, but 
Armstrong will always be my alma mater! 

Henry Parker '66 

Just wanted to say what a marvelous job you've done with 
Armstrong (ahem, AASU!) Magazine. I've been eyeing your design 
and content since I came here to Wesleyan in January, but your 
summer cover (which just came my way) particularly caught my 

Barbara A. Brannon 
Director of Public Relations and Publications 

Wesleyan College 
Macon, GA 

1 would like to extend kudos to all those who have a hand in 
])\ihlishmg Armstrong Magazine. Too often these types of publica- 
tions contain only fluff. This is certainly not the case with 
Armstrong Magazine. It is a beautiful publication with interesting 
and thought-provoking articles. I always enjoy reading it and look 
forward to receiving my next copy 

Keep up the good work! 
Ann O'Brien '88 

As Bad as He Wants to 

Scandal and the Presidency 

A president of the United States takes office and 
moves into the glass house. Supporters and ene- 
mies become ironic bedfellows sharing partisan 
gossip and manias about the foibles of their 
leader. It has always been that way: "there is 
scarcely any part of my conduct that may not 
hereafter be drawn into precedent," lamented George 

Indeed, the 200-pIus years of our presidential his- 
tory are threaded with anecdotal blather and historical 
fact. Full tables of personal, sexual salmagundis tweak 
and whet the country's appetite to pry into the naugh- 
tiness of our political fathers. From a hacheted cherry 
tree to liaisons with Hollywood glam- 
ourenes, we snoop and sniff for any scan- 
dal about our leaders. 

One cojv't reign 
and h& innocent. 

-Louis Antoine Leon De Saint-Iust 

Daniel Skidmore-Hess 

One commander-in-chief trysting 
with lovers in White House closets. Another a hillbilly 
bigamist. Mistresses scattered from plantations to 
urban Astorias. Even a presidential bastard child. "Ma, 
ma, Where's my Pa? Gone to the White House, ha, ha, 
ha," enemies chanted about Grover Cleveland's out-of- 
wedlock misadventure. Such leadership activities once 
inspired mocking editorials, graphic caricatures, and 
stinging cartoons of "low-creature" leaders. Today 
soundbites and snapshots in news magazines do the 
job. Not much is new. 

"But gender politics were somewhat different a 
couple of generations ago," says Daniel Skidmore-Hess, 

assistant professor of political science. FDR's and 
Eisenhower's sexual indiscretions were grapevined dis- 
creetly. Too personal for general consumption. The 
media fire nourishing the Paula Jones-Bill Clinton soap 
opera would have had all the slow fizz of a damp fire- 
cracker to the protectionist 1940s and 50s media. "All of 
this represents a change in our personal politics," 
Skidmore-Hess says. "Sexual harassment was a 'secret' 
problem. It would rarely have come out of the closet 
then." Lyndon Johnson's vote tampering in Texas and 
Mayor Daly's voting booth abuses in 1960 were openly 
decried. But Jack Kennedy's philandering barely stirred 
any open interest. Presidential ethics were more of a 
public issue than was sexual morality. 

This truism is best demonstrated during the 
Nixon years when the American public began 
its now pathological disenchantment with poli- 
tics. Spiro Agnew's shame and his president's 
Watergate surged on waves of long-term, 
steadily rising cynicism. "And American society 
began a secular evolution — accepting a cer- 
tain level of scandal — sexual or otherwise — 
in political leadership, so long as it does not 
reveal damning flaws in public character," Skidmore- 
Hess says. "Look at Ronald Reagan's cabinet, for 
instance, known for its scandal-prone nature." Their 
shenanigans notwithstanding, Reagan himself 
remained unblemished and immensely popular. 

President U.S. Grant's tenure (1869-77) offers par- 
allels to both Reagan and Clinton. Kickbacks for gov- 
ernment contracts and bribery for the use of public 
lands plagued the admired war hero. "Useless" Grant, 
however, served two terms despite these revelations. 
"The ethical breakdowns and fiscal ineptitude barely 
affected his popularity," Skidmore-Hess explains. "He 

attacked him 
for his affair 
with Maria 
Halpin, who 
bore him a son. 

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led possibly the most shady administration — in terms 
of widespread corruption — in our history yet won re- 
election by a landslide." 

In 1997, Clinton's campaign financial problems 
echo those of Grant. In both instances the questions 
about each man did not at first directly implicate him. 
Clinton is troubled by campaign fundraising; Grant was 
accused of corrupt land deals. "There was a drive to 
amass huge amounts of money in Clinton's 1996 cam- 
paign, and lots of corners were cut to get there. My 
suspicion is that this issue has hurt Clinton more than 
anything else," Skidmore-Hess says. 

The public's hunger for presidential scandal and 
the media's race to satisfy it will not diminish during 
Clinton's final three years in office. Unseemly details 
will fill newspapers, televisions, internet servers, and 

ke^fml& ta wfikfv 

—Mary McCarthy 

quilt circles of the future, as they always have. But now 
voters have trickier enigmas to manage. "There is the 
everdeepening issue of defining what is and isn't a 
scandal," says Skidmore-Hess. "Each one of these scan- 
dals represents something about how we the people 
are changing politically" Scandal: it may be different, 
but it is not new. Extra, extra. Read all about it. 

Sarah Metzgar contributed to this story. 








Dick Nordquist, Assistant Dean of Academic Seiyices 


— ip and boiling amidst 

the swampy fluxions of a 

Savannah July, 

Dick Nordquist arrived for his 

Armstrong job interview. 

Grudgingly supporting a 

droopy wool moustache, 

his pink Yankee face 

in the moist distance looked 

like that of a lean and ominous 

Nietzsche, or Schweitzer 

— at once fierce and gentle. 

"He's mad," said one 
' interviewer. 

"Lei s nire nim." 





"I was mad," Nordquist recalls. "But I also wore 
sensible shoes." Fresh from the University of Leicester 
(England), via Rochester, NY, Nordquist was the mad- 
dest of young turks in his fanatic concern for students, 
brusque speech and manner, and fiery intolerance of 
laziness and indecision. Add fearlessness. "Almost to a 
fault, he is not afraid of stepping on anyone's toes," 
says Bill Megathlin, dean of academic and enrollment 
services and Nordquist's immediate supervisor. "He 
can be irascible, but he's a 100% team player. At times 
it's best just to stand out of his way." 

"Mad," Nordquist chuckles. His lapis eyes drift 
reflectively "I'll be a full professor soon," he snuffles in 
modest pride and self-derision, "the devolution is com- 
plete: Young Turk, Old Fart — like that." 

He sips a tar of coffee from a bleak, beaten mug. "I 
have a softer, fuzzier mission now," says Nordquist, 
assistant dean of academic services. Colleagues who 
know him as a hybridized Demosthenes-Mencken will 
not easily believe it. Ever since his arrival "we were 
aware of this high, hard energy among us," says 
Megathlin. "And I've never known him to be discour- 
aged by bureaucratic obstinacy" 

Nordquist's reputation among students has a simi- 
lar substance and shine. He created the position of 
composition coordinator to assure better cooperation 
and understanding between English and developmen- 
tal studies students and faculty He increased part- 
time faculty positions to help work the Writing Center, 
and devised orientation programs for Writing Center 
tutors to assure even teaching quality. He wrote a pro- 
posal that focussed the writing curriculum and com- 
piled a student essay book to be used as a reader in 
composition classes. When a student drive to repeal 
abusive textbook prices developed, Nordquist became 
their spokesman and leader. 

In the classroom he can transform the "most hard- 
ened and cynical of students," says former colleague 

Lorie Roth. His pedagogic method is a melange of 
Aquinas and Casey Stengel, Socrates and Huck Finn. A 
former student makes this evaluation: "You can't sit 
and suck your thumb in his class, or loll on the side- 
lines. You really want to play his game, cheer, and 
throw roses." 

The simple magic of hard work at play Nordquist 
is always busy getting into work and stirring up some- 
thing. Both planned and serendipitous assignments are 
his trademark. A few years ago IBM offered grant 
money for twelve computers to establish a witing lab. 
Wary but willing, Nordquist was corralled by an admin- 
istrator intimidated by the prospects of grantsmanship. 
He attended the grantwriting session as an anxious 
innocent. Instantly afterwards, he vsTote his first grant 
and got the award. The Gamble Hall Computer Center 
was established. 

Whether it is issues of curriculum, schol- 
arship, counselling, or proselytizing for 
special programs for evening students, 
Nordquist is relentless. Idealist, prag- 
matist, artist/artisan, he starts to work 
at the "crack of noon," says his friend 
Rich Raymond. And can work hard 
enough to make nearly any observer 
uncomfortable. "I have always had to 'go into the zone,' 
as Joyce Carol Gates says. I really daydream a lot," 
Nordquist explains, "so when I crank up I must go 
manic and work frantically non-stop just to finish what 
must be done." 

Lorie Roth has seen "the zone" phenomenon up 
close. "It is a stupefying experience to watch him at 
work," she says. Writing his nationally-acclaimed text- 
book, Passages: A Writer's Guide, Nordquist "barricad- 
ed himself in the Writing Center," recalls Roth, "from 
noon to 3:00 A.M." The room oozed with the inner clut- 
ter of a goat's stomach. 

It was between summer and fall sessions. Gn a pil- 
fered cot, Nordquist slept among his papers and' 

garbage. He was on a 
first-name acquain- 
tance with campus 
police; he locked the 
Writing Center to dis- 
courage casual conver- 
sations. A detritus of 
folders and envelopes, 
Burger King-Arby's 
wrappers, and greasy 
boxes grew up around 
him. He would crouch 
over typewriters and 
yellow tablets for hours, 
days. In this "zone" he 

produced two textbooks and a dissertation. Envision a 
single finger at the typewriter flying through the work 

The process Roth describes epitomizes Nordquist, 
as well as the character of his written work. "His 
prose," says Raymond, who worked over a decade with 
Nordquist, is reflected in the "energy and purpose of 
his gait and wit." Raymond's observation is a buUseye. 
Afoot, Nordquist burns a path — commuter train, 
rollercoasting racer — from office-to-class-to-mail- 
room-to-cross-campus meetings. Barely terrestrial in 
his flight, the ex-NYC cabbie flashes like sound 
through the hallway throng. 

"One of these days," says Frank Clancy of the 
Department of Languages, Literature, and Dramatic 
Arts, "some relaxed meditative philosopher-type will be 
floating down the hall, and Nordquist will thunderbolt 
right through him. Neither one will ever notice it." 

Such concentration and will account for the found- 
ing of the Writing Center, the second most-used service 
on campus these days. In September 1981, Nordquist 
had to convince college powers of the need for a 
Writing Center. "It can't wait. We need it now," he 
urged. A what? Sorry, no money for that. Sounds nice, 

Writing his 

Passages: A Writer's 

Guide, Nordquist 

barricaded himself in 

the Writing Center 

from noon to 

3:00 A.M. 

The room oozed 

with the inner clutter 

of a goat's 


but.... Nordquist was in 
the wallow of those days 
where his contract said: 
You are temporary. You 
will not be rehired. "I 
sort of expected to be 
permanently tempo- 
rary," he remembers. "I 
always believed I would 
be gone the next year. 1 
couldn't even afford a 
bottle of Scotch." 

Nevermind. He set 
up tutoring shop in his 
windowless office-war- 
ren and invited his students, your students, anyone 
who needed help in composition to seek counsel. Extra 
chairs were borrowed from classrooms for the queues 
of students who multiplied geometrically each day — 
two, six, two dozen, three score and ten — up and 
down the hallway all day long, all week, the weekends. 
Administrators and bewildered traditionalists heard 
rumors and ambled in conservatively to see the three- 
legged snake in this hallowed-hall county fair. Traffic 
hazards evolved. Other faculty began to join Nordquist 
and his cohorts. What on earth was going on? Student 
tutors volunteered. One shift — twelve to fourteen 
hours a day. The Writing Center was born. 

In 1997, the Writing Center — comfortably thriv- 
ing in the heart of Gamble Hall — is still busy. It deliv- 
ers more than 7,000 tutoring sessions annually with a 
full-time director, dozens of student assistants, and 
faculty tutors. "Remember when we first started that 
tutoring 'scam,' we were like kids in a treehouse," says 
Nordquist. "New kids on the block, let loose." The char- 
acteristic snuffling laughter, the moonbright eye a- 
crackle. Still on perpetual prowl for "some new skin" to 
wriggle into. 

—RS '49 





r f 

1. Admirers watch . 
Anne O'Brien '88 
smile as President 
Burnett shakes her 

2. Alumni meet and 
greet at the Georgia 
Historical Society, 
former site of the 
Armstrong Junior 
College library. 

3. Alumni Association 
Treasurer Mark 
Reavis '84 talks 
finances at the annu- 
al meeting in Alumni 

4. See how happy 
alumni gatherings 
can make you. From 
left to right: Rosie 
Litchfield, William 
(Al) Ward '68, Cheiyl 
Ward, George 

5. Good job done. 
Bette Jo Krapf '72 
passes the associa- 
tion presidency to 
Kenny Sellers '85. 
Kenny's wife. Page 
'90, stands to his 

19 9 7 

Oprah Show 
Powers Sparks 

Twin alumni Jane and Jean Powers 
Sparks '64, along with their twin husbands, 
Terry and Ray, were featured on the Oprah 
show in January. Responding to an Oprah 
Online site, Polly Powers Stramm entered 
her sisters into a "twin mania" competition. 

The sisters scrambled together some 
scrapbook photos, and waited, and waited. 
Finally, the call came. 

The two couples were flown to Chicago 
and swanked up in a fine Michigan Avenue 
hotel. After taping the show, they returned 
to their Atlanta homes to bask in sudden 

Recovering Our 

Thanks to the generosity of several 
alumni, our university archives are growing. 
Henry Parker '66 donated his Phi Delta 
Gamma jacket, which he sported on page 
eight of the '66 Geechee. Betty Waldrop 
'40 and Louise Mayhew '37 gave scrap- 
books and papers relating to Armstrong 
Junior College. Beth Weeks '40 donated 
the college autograph jacket of her friend 
Caroline Bali Evans '39. 

Janet Stone, professor of history, is 
writing a formal history of Armstrong and 
needs information, items, and stories. In 
the upheaval of the move from historic 
downtown Savannah, much of the memora- 
bilia of the early days disappeared. Please 
let us know if you have any Armstrong 
materials. Write to Stone at AASU or phone 
her at 912/927-5283. 

Henry Parker '66 is pictured in the '66 
Geechee wearing the Phi Delta Gamma jacliet 
he donated to the archives. 

Alumni Association 
Board Of Directors 1997-1998 

Kenneth Sellers '85, President; 

Amy Massey '90, Vice President/Special Events; 

Ann O'Brien '88, Vice President/Scholarship; 

G. Herbert Griffin '42, Treasurer; 

Dorothy Eckhart, Assistant Treasurer; 

William Cebie Smith, Secretary 

Elizabeth E. Arndt '91, Patrick Burk '95, Grace Burke '72, Georgia M. Dickerson '63, '68, 

Marion Gannam '46, Mary Anne Gray '77, Wanda Nashel Jackson '95, Joy Kleeman '72, 

Bette Jo Krapf '72, Helen McCracken '69, Lee Meyer '59, Joyce M. Mills '72, 

Robin Hiott Nichols '77, Dan Reynolds '76, '85, Robert Smith '80, 

Karia Wall '83, Elizabeth Weeks '40. 

Future Alumni Events 


your mail for details about these 

upcoming events: 

►• Downtown Alumni Lunch 

► Richmond Hill Alumni Gathering 

► June Reunions: 


Class of 1937 

• 60th Reunion 


Class of 1942 

• 55th Reunion 


Class of 1947 

• 50th Reunion 


Class of 1952 

• 45th Reunion 


Class of 1957 

• 40th Reunion 


Class of 1962 

• 35th Reunion 


Class of 1972 

• 25th Reunion 



George C. Patrick '38 lives in Hickory, NC, 
where he has a wholesale lumber business. 


John M. Ranitz '42 received a juris doctor 
degree from the University of Georgia and 
returned home to establish a successful 
legal practice. 

ii!i:i».ii\'atVj( viai:irir:V:fii:k' 

has Savannah on her mind: she fives 
on Savannah Drive in Louisville and 
spends summers on Tybee island. 
Recently retired as vice president of 
the First National Bank and Trust of 

Louisville, Lindsay looks 
^ forward to this year's reunion. > 


Audrey T. Warren '47, a graduate of the WWII 
Cadet Nurse Corps program at Armstrong 
Junior College and Candler Hospital, has 
retired from nursing. 


Edward Holmes Martin '50 attained the rank 
of vice admiral in the navy and retired to 
Coronado, CA. 

Shirley C. Kelley '55 is assistant office man- 
ager for New York Life Insurance in 


Heniy R. Parker '66 retired from a distin- 
guished career in the army and has donated 
his Phi Delta Gamma jacket to the historical 
archives of AASU. Although the Vietnam War 
interrupted his education, he says that 
Armstrong will always be his alma mater. 
He earned a bachelor of arts in social work 

from Boise State University and a master's 
of social work from Our Lady of the Lake 
University in San Antonio, TX. 

Paul F. Yeakle '68 has retired twice. First 
from the army and, recently, from the 
Georgia Ports Authority. 

William A. (Al) Ward '68 

took his first classes at Armstrong in 

1961 while stationed at Hunter Army 

Airfield. He says that his love for Savannah 

and Armstrong began at that time and led 

him to come back to graduate. Al met his 

future wife, Cheryl Litchfield, at a 

Psychology Club meeting at 

Armstrong in 1966. 

William A. (Al) Ward '68 retired in 1995 after 
a thirty-year career in government (including 
four years in the military). He was an envi- 
ronmental health program specialist for the 
Wake County Department of Health in North 
Carolina. His hobbies are genealogy and 
local history, golf, canoeing and studying 
nature, traveling, reading and reflection. 
Al's niece, Shannon Litchfield, is a first-year 
student at AASU. 

Big Bible Mystery Solved 

Donated to 

Armstrong in 1960 
by the Savannah 
Jaycees, the king- 
sized King James 
Bible guarding the 
Lane Library's west- 
ern walkway moved 
south with the col- 
lege in 1966. Its 
caretaker has 
always been Jack 
Padgett, retired 
math professor and 
former registrar. "I 
just kind of took it 
on myself," Padgett muses, "the sun will bake the pages if you don't 
turn 'em from time to time." 

Encased in glass and secured with a lock, the Bible has intrigued 
passersby for years. The pages are on permanent random display 
because Padgett follows his father's advice. "As my Daddy used to 
say, it really doesn't matter where you turn in the Bible. It's all good." 

—RS -49 


Arnold H. Karp '70 is a field representative 
for the Inglesby Financial Group. 

Richard D. Edwards '70 has been appointed 
director of allocations of the United Way of 

Everett Smith '71 has been promoted to pur- 
chasing manager for the Union Camp 
Savannah Mill. 

Richard A. Belford, Jr. '72 is president elect of 
Savannah's German Heritage Society. 

Ray Gaster '72, owner of Gaster Lumber, has 
been appointed to the Ace Dealer Advisory 
Council for a three-year term. 

Nancy Grant Breland '72 is a medical technol 
ogist with the Southeast Georgia Regional 
Medical Center in Brunswick. 

Downer K. Davis, Jr. '72 is owner/engineer of 
Davis Engineering. The firm's projects 
include marine, resort, residential, commer- 
cial, land development, and buildings. 

Dorsey D. Stover '73 has been promoted to 
the rank of sergeant in the Chatham County 
Police Department Accreditation Unit. 

After twenty-five years of private sector 
employment in many national locations, Jim 
Gilliamsen '74 has returned to work for the 
city of Savannah as parking services coordi- 

Donnie Fordham '74, '76 is a professor of 
accounting in the Technical Studies Division 
at Bainbridge College. 

Kaye Hole '75 has been elected chair of the 
Savannah Jewish Archives of the Savannah 
Jewish Federation. 

W. Ray Persons '75, of the Atlanta law firm of 
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, has been 
elected to membership in the American ^ 
Board of Trial Advocates. 

Jimmie Stricidand '75 is a sales representa- 
tive for steel and other building products for 
Southco, Inc. 

Brinson Clements '76, a well-known counte- 
nance for years on local television, has 
been named general manager of the J.C. 
Clements' family furniture firm. 

Jeffrey A. Jenkins '76 is stationed in the 
Republic of Panama where he is a special 
agent in the US Naval Criminal Investigative 

Grace Lyon Merritt '76 is executive vice presi- 
dent of DMW Advertising, Inc. 

James E. McBride '76 is a field representative 
for the Inglesby Financial Group. 

Linda T. Johnson '78 is director of the 
Richmond County Department of Family and 
Children Services. 

Eddie Aenchbacher '79 is athletic director at 



David Dorondo '80 is a tenured associate 
professor of history at Western Carolina 
University. He sends regards to those who 
remember him. 

Judy Jennings '80 is president of the Coastal 
(Georgia) Group Sierra Club. 

Howard E. Spiva '80 is vice president of the 
Savannah Trial Lawyers Association. 

Tim A. Malac '81 is employed by the the 
Aerospace Systems Division of the Harris 
Corporation in Melbourne, FL. He lives in 
Indian Harbour Beach. 

Jessie Irene Pennington '81 has been promot- 
ed to the rank of lieutenant in the Chatham 
County Police Department Internal Affairs 

Edward N. Davis '82 has been elected to the 
1996-1998 Leadership Savannah Class, a 
program of the Chamber of Commerce. 

Julie Hall '82 received her master of educa- 
tion degree and teaches at Metter 
Elementary. She was featured in the Metter 
Advertiser as the Good Cook of the Week. 

Michael Burke '84 

asks a good question. 

Will the change of the institution 

name affect the name of 

Armstrong Magazine! 

Luckily, we have a good 

answer: no. 

Craig Harney '82 has been elected to the 
1996-1998 Leadership Savannah Class. 

Josephine Murphy '84 has been elected to 
the 1996-1998 Leadership Savannah 

Lawrence E. Madison '85 has opened a law 
practice in Savannah. 

Robyn Sadler '85 and husband, Alan, are 
owners of ToySmart on Eisenhower Drive in 

Debra Seiman '85 has been elected to the 
1996-1998 Leadership Savannah Class. 

Mitchell Freeman '86 has been elected to the 
1996-1998 Leadership Savannah Class. 

Stacey Fell Mell '86, a psychology major at 
Armstrong, completes her EdS degree in 
June from Georgia Southern University. She 
is a counselor at Calvary Baptist Day 
School. She and her husband, Jeffrey '83, 
'87, have a three-year-old son, Matthew 

Julio Aviles '87 has been promoted to super- 
intendent of shipping and converting at 
Union Camp. 

R. Craig Vickery '87 has been transferred by 
the Evergreen American Corporation to its 
Miami, FL, office. 

Heidi Becker '89 has been elected to the 
1996-1998 Leadership Savannah Class. 

Rene Guermonprez '89 has been appointed 
shipping superintendent of the Engelhard 
Corporation in Gordon. 

ussEiN N. El-Lessy '89, 

^ respiratory therapy alumnus, 

keeps busy as a licensed pilot, 

amateur astronomer, and 

astropttotographer. He also has a 

terrestrial life as a perinatal-pediatric 

specialist at Cook's Children's Medical 

Center in Fort Worth, TX. 

He has authored articles in Respiratory 

Care and is perfecting his skills as 

a second-degree black beK 

in Aikido. 

Frances Gnann Huncke '89 is a speech thera- 
pist with the Chatham County Board of 

John Kennington '89 is manager of the 
Coastal Heritage Society and author of 
Gray Jackets in Savannah, a history of the 
Confederate sailor on the Savannah River. 


Janie Ann Carter Brown '90 began as a 
stenographer, but now is a customs inspec- 
tor at Atlanta's Hartsfield International 
Airport. A criminal justice graduate, she 
includes a special thanks to "all the fine 
teachers at Armstrong." 

Elizabeth Rodgers Clarke '90 has received her 
master of education degree from Berry 

Teresa Demott Clifton '90 teaches art educa- 
tion at Savannah Christian Preparatory 


Stacey Knight Harrison '91, '95 teaches pre- 
kindergarten using the High Scope curricu- 
lum and is working on a second master's 
degree. She and husband, Wes '91, '95, live 
in Thomasville. 

Lynetta Cox '92 has joined the Neonatal 
Medicine Department at Phoebe Putney 
Memorial Hospital in Albany. 

Patricia A. Podmore '92, fourth grade teacher 
and grade chair at Frank Long Elementary in 
Hinesville, has been named school and 
county Teacher of Year for the Liberty 
County School System. 

Joseph Keith Purvis '92 has been promoted 
to captain in the army. He is stationed at 
Fort Hood, TX. 

Traci Love Rogers '92 received her master's 
degree in early elementary education from 
Armstrong in June. 

Stephanie Lucree Skinner '92 has received 
her DMD degree from the Medical College 
of Georgia. She has a general dentistry 
practice on Wilmington Island. 

Kevin Wetmore '92 is a science teacher at 
Savannah Christian and youth pastor at 
Whitemarsh Island Baptist Church. 

Gregory A. Deese '93 received his master's of 
science degree in psychology-agency coun- 
seling from Troy State University of Dothan, 
AL, and is working as a classification spe- 
cialist at the Easterling Correctional Facility 
in Clio, AL. 

Diana Doiron Guyette '93 received her mas- 
ter's of divinity degree from the Candler 
School of Theology at Emory University. 

Allen Cartwright '94 is a health and physical 
education teacher with the Liberty County 
Board of Education. 

Christopher G. Frost '94 is branch manager of 
the A-Jax Company in Valdosta. 

riting from an airliner 

over the Atlantic, 

Sylvia Ferri-Swanson '96 

reports that she is heading for her 

first teaching assignment at 

the Department of Defense 

Schools in Germany. 

Claudia J. Smith '94 is in her third year as a 
coordinator of the Business, Community, 
School Partnership Program in Jesup. She 
was coordinator of the Congressional Award 
for the 1st District and the Olympic Torch 

Georgia Wyronda Perkins Barrs '95 is a para- 
professional in the Glynn County School 

Megan Kicklighter '95 has been selected to 
represent the Savannah-Chatham County 
Public Schools in the national Sallie Mae 
First Class Teacher Award Competition. 

Leroy Scott '95 has started his own busi- 
ness. Lawn Care Service. 

Frances A. Silcox '95 is on staff in the 
Mother-Baby Unit at Memorial Medical 
Center in Savannah. 

Caprice Birdwell '96 teaches at East Broad 

Linda J. Canady '96 is a teacher with the 
Savannah-Chatham County Board of 

Karia Hill '96, a respiratory therapy assistant 
at Memorial Medical Center, won the 
Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award in 

Charles R. Kerns, Jr. '96 is a medical technol- 
ogist with St. Joseph's Hospital. 

Sharon Lawyer-Gillard '96 is a senior radiog- 
rapher at Memorial Medical Center. 

Barbara K. Ramps '96 is a teacher with the 
Liberty County Board of Education. 

Sammy Strode '96 is in the warranty division 
of Great Dane Trailer in Savannah. 

Elizabeth Young '96 is a nurse at O'Grady- 
Peyton International. 

I N 

M E M O R 

I A M 

F. Virginia Arden '38 

William H. Gebhart III '81 

Coleman Mopper '37 

September 9, 1996 

September 29, 1996 

September 16, 1996 

Regina B. Asher '69 

A sensitive dynamo, he brought a 

Geraldine H. Provence '96 

July 15, 1996 

firm gentleness to his every art — 

October 1996 

Ronald W. Bland 71, 77 

actor, teacher, poet. As seasons 

Leila Ann Nease Sebesta '46 


turn, his haunting rendition of Salieri 

April 3, 1996 

Harry Luke Bowyer '37 \. in Amadeus lingers like an eerie mist 

Regina J. Williams '81 

December 3, 1996 

among Armstrong theatre goers. 

May 27. 1996 

Ronald G. Bragg '71 

Friends recall Bill's sonorous bari- 

Selma Solms Withington '38 

May 8, 1996 

tone, bounding energy, and cheerful 

February 8, 1997 

Ray E. Chambers 

good heart. 

October 20, 1996 

Andrea Cope Goolsby 73 


Ralph E. Degenhardt '77 

August 28, 1996 

Hugh Brown, died May 10, 1996. pro- 

May 28, 1996 

Joshua J. Grantham '96 

fessor of English, journalism, and lit- 

Hector Maclean Dewart '58 

August 16, 1996 

CD ' J 

erature. Hugh Brown: craggy brow. 

December 8, 1996 

Edward L. Hatfield, Jr. '72 

razor wit, dedication to students. He 

Katherine Morrell Driscoll '42 

July 21, 1996 

understood ideas and language. He 

September 4, 1996 

Ronnie Hopkins '79 

taught with a scholar's perception, a 

Shirley Fender Faircloth '53 

October 5, 1996 

journalist's savvy, a storyteller's pas- 

August 26, 1996 

Cynthia Jue Law 

sion. His energy urged the Flannery 

April 30, 1996 

O'Connor Childhood Home into a 

Julia Brabham Sojourner Matthews 

foundation commemorative of her art 

October 29, 1996 

and life. A tough, rare man. 

Jerry Paul Welsh '96, vice president of his 
1994-5 nursing class, earned a master's of 
science degree in Inealtin administration and 
works at IVlemorial Medical Center. He is 
involved in a cancer survivors group and is 
a Red Cross volunteer. 

Daniel J. Wolfe '96 is food and beverage man- 
ager at Bernie's Too on River Street. He 
played softball on Savannah's Thompson 
Sporting Goods national power team from 
1985 to 1994. 


Robert and Cheree (Gaddy) Edenfield '88, 

June 25, 1996, son, Robert Clayton II 

Larry '85 and Elizabeth (Rockwell) Hadwin '90, 

January 5, 1997, daughter, Katherine Waite 

William '88 and Jamie Kelso, September 
11, 1996, daughter, Madeline Claire 


Tracy L. Aldrich '95 to Derek G. West 

November 30, 1996 

Michael Barker '84 to Christine M. Sieger 

May 25, 1996 

Tricia Jo Barr '95 to Kevin D. Ainsworth 

November 16, 1996 

Tommy Blackshear '85 to Tamisha L. Tumbling 

May 4, 1996 

Jennifer E. Boaen '75 to Douglas M. Cone 

October 5, 1996 

Dean Michael Bobel '93 to Crystal H. Taylor '90 

June 22, 1996 

Traci L Brackett '95 to Charles J. Roach III 

October 5, 1996 

Daniel Britz '94 to Karen Crawford '96 

July 13, 1996 

Anne Buttimer-Gay '88 to Robert N. Harvey 

July 6, 1996 

Stephanie A. Byrd '96 to Kent E. King 

December 7, 1996 

Jeffrey B. Coleman '88 to Susan R. Anderson 

April 13, 1996 

Dan Ray Conley '95 to Melissa L. Barrows 

April 13, 1996 

Valerie A. Foss '94 to Christopher Ryan 

August 10, 1996 

Christopher G. Frost '94 to Michele Marie Lehtma 

May 4, 1996 

Rachel Kaye Goethe '96 to Todd McGalliard 

May 11, 1996 

Benjamin S. Goodwin '87 to Sherry R. Green 

November 9, 1996 

Robert E. Griner '96 to Brandee B. Johnson 

August 1996 

Karl E. Grotheer '85 to Melinda J. Russell '89 

May 11, 1996 

Susan E. Harris '89 to Vance J. Reyes 

October 19, 1996 

Brenda C. Ivey '96 to John F. Medders 

September 14, 1996 

Brian A. Jankowski '94 to Amy M. Boyette 

May 25, 1996 

Cathy A. Jenkins '93 to John G. Chafin 

May 25, 1996 

Kelly Ann Johnson '95 to Erik R. Hullum 

November 2, 1996 

Samone T. Joyner '96 to Matthew Norsworthy '96 

August 17, 1996 

Doyle D. Kelley, Jr. '70 to Mary C. Frate 

July 10, 1996 

Michael S. King '95 to Jennifer C. Hinely 

March 30, 1996 

Paul J. Krafft '91 to Melinda A. Sage '91 

May 25, 1996 

Tracy L Krukowsky '94 to Robin Weston Rice 

August 10, 1996 

Chad B. Lariscy '93 to Jennifer M. Cone 

December 14, 1996 

Stacy L Lindsey '93 to Terry D. Vickers 

October 19, 1996 

Teresa H. Love '91 to John B. Edwards '93 

November 9, 1996 

David L. Lynn '90 to Amy Sue Decker 

June 1, 1996 

E. John Manchester '94 to Jincy Cook 

October 19, 1996 

Gayla Monroe '90 to Joseph R. Reffner 

May 11, 1996 

Catherine T. Palumbo '86 to Ronald E. Schumer 

June 22, 1996 

Brenda Parker '91 to Walt Taylor 

December 7, 1996 

John W. Ritzert '88 to Stephanie N. Burnsed 

May 11, 1996 

Amy J. Salter '95 to Paul C. Saltsman 

August 10, 1996 

Michael A. Smith '89 to Elizabeth C. Montgomery 

April 1996 

Trevor K. Smith '92 to Catherine B. York 

October 5, 1996 

Chanin Sprague '95 to David B. Pritchard 

June 1, 1996 

Samantha D. Stone '90 to Stephen P. Douberly 

September 28, 1996 

JudKh D. Straight '95 to Steve E. Rushing 

December 1996 

Wayne T. Sullivan, Jr. '89 to Heidi M. Hasbrouck '92 

May 25, 1996 

Pamela Tavormina '95 to William H. Edwards, Jr. 

August 19, 1996 

Margaret C. Taylor '95 to Michael A. Tanner 

October 5, 1996 

Jennifer Traub '95 to Gregory S. Barfield 

June 1996 

Stacie L. Walker '96 to Oliver D. Smith 

November 2, 1996 

Kevin Wetmore '92 to Jacqueline S. Shaw 

July 6, 1996 

Robert E. Whitten, Jr. '94 to Heather A. Slater 

July 20, 1996 

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meditating on 
Tybee Island. 



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takes his •"■•«*«" se™"®'y- 

The college years are a traditional time of experimentation and noncon- 
formity. We accompanied Karen Howell and Larisa Treiguts on a visit to 
Planet 3, a local body piercing parlour, to sample the scene. 

Treiguts feels a twinge 
of pain as the beatific, 
latex-gloved piercing 
artist perforates 
her nose. 




students with families and jobs liave 
little idle time. Bonnie Futrell shows 
why: returning to college after a sev- 
enteen-year absence, she coordi- 
nates her schedule around those of 
her five children. Futrell is a time- 
management goddess, studying at 
every available moment — even 
during her son's soccer match. And 
she makes straight As to boot. 






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Haiints, Ha^^ns 

Drum circle on the quad 

Foundation Re 

Contributors to 
the Armstrong 
Atlantic State 
University, Inc. 
are entitled to 
all tax benefits 
authorized by 

The Armstrong Atlantic State 
University, Inc. Board of 
Directors are the people who 
make it happen. They are busi- 
ness and community leaders 
who give their time, profession- 
al expertise, and supparf to 
obtain resources for the univer- 

J. CliffMcCurry'68, 


Robert H. Demere, Jr., 

vice president 

John A. Gehrm II, 

executive vice president 
& assistant secretary 

M. Lane Morrison, 


Helen Downing, 


Dorothy M. Eckhart, 

assistant treasurer 

Curtis G. Anderson 

Frank T. Anderson 

James W. Andrews 



Richard A. Estus 

Thomas C. Hester 


Jack M. Jones 


Donald A. Kole /X" 


J. Curtis Lewis, III 

■. ;. 

John V. Luck 

^' , 

Nick J. Mamalakis 

Sidney T. Nutting, Jr. '48 


Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 

Arnold Tenenbaum 

Indng Victor '41, adji 


Floyd Adams, Jr. '71, adjunct 

Recent gift and potential match by Bof^ 

Aresident Robert Burnett and J. Cliff McCurry, president of the 
AASU Foundation Board of Directors, announced in April that the MSU 
Foundation's assets total over $1.5 million. 

"Surpassing $1 million in foundation funds is proof that our commu- 
nity values Armstrong Atlantic and what we do here," says Burnett. "The 
overwhelming generosity of those who believe in Armstrong Atlantic will 
assure future generations of students a wealth of opportunities which 
would otherwise be impossible." 

"The first miUion is always the toughest," observes J. Cliff McCurrj^, 
president of Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton Co., and recently-elected president 
of the foundation. "This is an exciting announcement not only because it 
brings recognition for the support of academic excellence at MSU but 
also because we expect it will enhance our ability' to attract more sup- 
port for scholarships, professorships, and programs." 

Recent contributions to the foundation include: 

► a gift of $500,000 to fund the Shirley and Philip Solomons . 
Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics. The gift is eligible for a match 
by the Board of Regents. Please see story on page 28. 

► a gift of $150,000 for an endowed professorship. This is the first 
such professorship in Armstrong Atlantic's sixty-two year history. 

► local architect J. Paul Hansen's commitment of $25,000 to the 
foundation to fund an endowed scholarship named for his father, Oscar 
M. Hansen, who designed the original eight buildings and master plan 
for Armstrong Atlantic's southside campus. 

► an award by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, located in 
Atlanta, for $25,000 in scholarship funds for women in this region major- 
ing in the health professions. This gift is renewable and. therefore, equal 
to a $500,000 endowment. 

► Don and Kaye Kole's pledge of $10,000 to the Warlick Fellowship 
which honors Professor Emeritus Roger K. Warlick. 

► an anonymous donation of $10,000, also to the Warlick fund. 

► John Duttenhaver's $10,000 gift to the radiologic sciences 

► a planned gift by Dorothy Liles for $100,000 in the name of 
her parents, Beatrice and Bert Liles. This gift, in the form of a future 
bequest, will fund scholarships in art and music and chemistry and 

"With the help of these and other generous donors, the foundation's 
assets total over $1.5 million as of April 23," says John A. Gehrm II, 
vice president for university advancement. "The foundation board, along 
with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university has been most 
supportive. We cannot thank them enough." 

vcHES $ 1 Million Milestone 

d of Regents put foundation's projected assets over $2 million 

Frank T. Anderson 

James W. Andrews 

Thomas C. Hester 

John V. Luck 

Sidney! Nutting, Jr. '48 

New Officers & 

Foundation is pleased to 
announce new officers 
of the Board of 
Directors. J. Cliff 
McCurry, president of 
the Savannah office of 
Hilb, Rogal, and 
Hamilton Company, 
serves as president; 
Robert H. Demere, Jr., 
president of Colonial Oil 
Corporation, serves as 
vice president; M. Lane 
Morrison, of Hunter, 
Maclean, Exley and 
Dunn, serves as secre- 
tary; and Helen 
Downing, an active com- 
munity volunteer, serves 
as treasurer. The foun- 
dation board also elect- 
ed five new directors: 
Frank T Anderson, pub- 
lisher of the Savannah 
Morning News; James 
W. Andrews, president of 
Savannah Laboratories 
and Environmental 
Services, Inc.; Thomas 
C. Hester, city president 
of First Liberty Bank; 
John V. Luck, retired 
senior vice president of 
General Mills; and 
Sidney T Nutting, Jr., 
retired vice president of 
Union Camp. Directors 
serve a four-year term. 

Presidents Club Charter Members 

The Presidents Club honors t/ie preiidenis oj Armnmngjunior College, Armstrong State College, aivi Armstrong 
Atlantic State {Jniversity. Funds from the Presidents Club help the university secure the resources necessary to 
maintain a margin of academic excellence. Charter membership is current^ open in all three annual giving levels. 

MEMBERS (in order of joining) 
$1,000 to $2,499 annually: 

Bob & Mary Burnett 
John & Hester Gehrm 
Bob '49 & Helen Strozier '51 
Marie '58 & Sanford Simmons 
Melaver, Incorporated 
Fred Williams Homes 
Herbert S. Traub, Jr. '37 
Nick & Anna Mamalakis 
Ruth '40 & Frank Barragan '38 
Emma '75 & Bill Simon 
Lloyd & Martha Newberry 
Genevieve & Nancy White 
Ross '83 & Bunny Bowers 
Joe & Marilyn Buck '77 
Frank and Martina Butler 
Savannah Morning News 
W. Ray Persons '75 
Kathy & Cliff McCurry '68 
Chatham Steel Corporation 
Lowe's of South Savannah 
Steak and Ale - Savannah 
Robert & Susan Lefavi 
Jack & Mimi Jones 
Kaye '75 & Donald Kole 

Benjamin & Elizabeth Oxnard 

Joe & Dottie Adams 

S. Elmo & Elizabeth S. Weeks '40 

Henry & Eloise Harris 

Saturn of Savannah 

Jimmy '69 & Lynn Page 

Ted & Marcia Erickson '52 

Employees of Michaels Arts & Crafts 

James F. Repella 

Byrd Cookie Company 

Roger L. Young, CHA 

Quality Inn & Suites 
Barbara & Sid Nutting, Jr. '48 
Doris Shankle '76, '78, '81 & Cyrus Blair 
John and Carolyn Luck 


$2,500 to $4,999 annually: 

NationsBank of Georgia 
Molly '53 & Arthur Gignilliat '53 
Colonial Oil Industries, Inc. 
Shirley & Philip Solomons '38 


$5,000 or more annually: 

Curt & Libba Anderson 

AASU Foundation, Inc. Methods of Giving 

Although the most common method of giving to the university is 
writing a check, several other options exist for alumni and friends 
who wish to support Armstrong Atlantic by giving to the AASU 

1 . CASH, A gift of cash to the AASU Foundation is to your advan- 
tage. For example, a $2,000 cash gift before December 31 (in the 
twenty-eight percent marginal tax bracl<et) saves $560 in taxes. A 
higher tax bracl<et will generate greater tax savings. 

2. SECURITIES. Gifts of appreciated securities are one of the most 
advantageous ways of giving. It your gift of stocl< has been owned 
for over a year, you may deduct the full martlet value of the stocl<, 
while bypassing capital gains taxes. 

3. REAL ESTATE. Gifts of appreciated real estate are like gifts of 
appreciated stock. Assuming you have owned the property for over 
a year you may deduct the fair market value of real estate as a 
charitable contribution and avoid capital gains taxes. 

4. INSURANCE. Life insurance is a unique way to give to Armstrong 
Atlantic. Qualification is based on Armstrong Atlantic's becoming 
owner and beneficiary. On a paid up policy your charitable contri- 
bution is generally the replacement value or cost basis of the poli- 
cy whichever is less. Premiums paid on a gift life insurance policy 
also qualify for deductions. 

5. PERSONAL PROPERTY. Gift of tangible personal property related 
to Armstrong Atlantic's exempt purposes are fully tax deductible at 
fair market value. 

6. UNITRUST The unitrust offers substantial tax savings while pro- 
viding annual income to you or your family The unitrust is funded 
with a donated asset; appreciated property or securities are usually 
best. Within the unitrust, assets can be sold and proceeds reinvest- 
ed to produce a greater yield for the donor(s) or tieneficiary. Income 
is a fixed percentage of the net asset value of the trust and is val- 
ued annually If the value of the trust increases, so does the income 

payout, providing a hedge against inflation. Immediate benefits of a uni- 
trust include: current income tax deduction; bypass of capital gains 
taxes when sold; and usually an increase in income. 

7. LEAD TRUST Charitable lead trust provides immediate support for 
Armstrong Atlantic State University through income generated by the 
assets in trust for a set period of time. The assets then pass to a non- 
charitable beneficiary such as the donor, the donor's children, or other 
persons the donor specifies. In a lead trust, the donor gives the founda- 
tion the current economic benefit of the transferred assets and retains 
the right to reacquire possession and control of the assets in the future. 

8. BEQUEST IN WILL. A bequest is a gift of any amount or form made to 
the foundation in a donor's will. Bequests may provide for a specific dol- 
lar amount in cash, specific securities, specific articles of tangible per- 
sonal property, or a percentage of the residue of the estate. 

9. CORPORATE IVIATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS. Matching gifts can signifi- 
cantly increase your contribution to Armstrong Atlantic. Check with your 
personnel office for details. 

The AASU Foundation, Inc. is the legal entity designated to receive char- 
itable contributions on behalf of Armstrong Atlantic State University. The 
foundation is a non-profit Georgia corporation and is exempt from fed- 
eral income taxation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue 

The foundation encourages the solicitation and acceptance of gifts from 
individuals, corporations, and foundations which enable it to fulfill the 
university's purposes of teaching, research, and community service. All 
gifts must comply with the gift policy of the AASU Foundation, Inc. 

AASU Foundation, Inc. 

1 1 935 Abercom Street 

Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997 

(912)927-5263 • fax (91 2) 921 -5740 



'38 Alumnus Funds Eminent 
Scholar Chair in Economics 

gift from Philip Solomons, Sr. '38 will create an endowed chair in economics at 
AASU. His $500,000 contribution will be eligible for a $500,000 match from the Board of 
Regents, establishing the $1 million chair. The Shirley and Philip Solomons Eminent 
Scholar Chair in Economics is the first endowed chair at Ai'mstrong Atlantic and represents 
the second largest donation ever received by AASU. 

As CEO of Solomons Company, Inc., a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor, Solomons 
has helped Savannah grow and change into the thriving city it is today. In addition to run- 
ning the Savannah-based business, he has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of 
America and Temple Mickve Israel and served as a member of the AASU Foundation Board 
of Directors. Solomons' late wife, Shirley was also a dedicated community supporter. Among 
other activities, she was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Temple 
Mickve Israel, the Women's Symphony Guild, the Historic Savannah Association board, and 
the Friends of the Library In 1970 she was chosen as the first woman on the Port Expansion 
Task Force of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. 

Solomons' contribution not only memorializes his late ^^^fe but also makes an invest- 
ment in Savannah's future. "This wonderfully generous gift will help AASU for generations 
to come," says Grace Martin, head of the social and behavioral sciences division. "The chair 
will enable us to meet our primary goal of educating our students in the economic complexi- 
ties of the region, the nation, and the world." 

Income from the endowment can be used for research, equipment, travel expenses, and 
additional salary needs. "Mr. Solomons' generosity helps build the foundation of Armstrong 
Atlantic," says John A. Gehrm 11, vice president for university advancement. "Creating an 
eminent scholar chair allows AASU to attract the best and brightest faculty and produce the 
best educational experience for our students." 


E N DM) I N T 

allory Pearce has made a career of blending 
his divergent interests — biology and art. The 
Armstrong Atlantic art instructor first made a name for 
himself in the 1960s with his UCLA thesis film on DNA, 
a science classroom standard. 

His devotion to birdwatching and calligraphy 
swirled him into the medium of Celtic art. Dover 
Publications has published ten best-selling books of his 
designs of mythic fauna, graceful spirals, and serpen- 
tine geometries. Pearce's beautifully rendered collec- 
tions of alphabets, creatures, and abstract patterns 
capture the sinuous intricacies of Celtic art and fresh- 
en the ancient tradition. 

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National award-winning 

Armstrong Magazine 

is published twice a year by the 

Office of University Relations for 

alumni and friends of Armstrong 

Atlantic State University. 

For additional information about 

articles or activities at the 

university, contact the Editor, 

Armstrong Magazine, 

11935 Abercorn Street, 

Savannah, GA 31419-1997, 

telephone 912.927.5222, 

fax 912.920.6574, 


Lauretta Hannon, editor & art director 

Sarah Metzgar, assistant editor 

Robert Strozier '49, contributing writer 

Gail Brannen, pliotograplier 

Joan Lehon '92, 

cliief production assistant 

Keisha Duren '01, 

editorial assistant 

Don Bagwell: Digital Impact, 

grapliic design 

Thanks to Caroline Hopkinson for use of 
the Living in Savannah scrapbooks. 


Robert A. Burnett, president 

Armstrong Atlantic State University 

is part of the University System of Georgia. 

The Armstrong Atlantic 

community includes approximately 

5,700 undergraduate and graduate 

students and 250 faculty. 

Continuing a mission begun in 1935, 

the university today serves a vibrant 

group of students from across the 

state, the nation, and the world. 

Martha Stewart No More 

Realistic advice on how to grab the good life. 

Remember the Bad Ol' Days 

In the early 1940s, students aimed their cameras at 
the startling conditions of Savannah s slums. 


Getting After It 

Joe Roberts is the ^S<^ no-nonsense leader of Pirates 

baseball. And that's no bull 



New faces, campus thrills, and a heaping dose of blarney. 

Altjmni Line 

News for and about Armstrong alumni. 

Armstrong Clan Crest 
Motto: I remain unvanqulshed 

Foundation News 

In memory of Wm. Cebie Smith, 

director of alumni affairs & the annual fund, 

who passed away on April 8. 


Little victories., 














A U S E 


he university's second annual Celebrate AASU Day 
was full of fun and spirit. We opened University Hall, the 
largest building on campus, and spent the rest of the afternoon 
enjoying the exhibits and acti\aties on the quad. 
Some of us danced and climbed moun- 
tains. Others found nirvana in the chili 
cookoff and free ice cream (supplied by 
the Alumni Association). Professors fell 
victim to the dunking booth and the 
pie-throwing contest. Students created 
art and took a 
break from their 
usual routines. 


For one perfect 

lay, it was all 

about cQinni 









was realized with the grand 
.- foot facility features twenty-five^ 
Guest Speaker William Clark, chairman of . 
and guests in celebrating the new building. The facility houses t^l 
the Regional Criminal Justice Training Center, and the Departmeni 
Radiologic Sciences, Government, Math, and Computer Science. 



107 offices. 


College of Education, 
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► Fall '97 enrollment: 5,7( 

► New graduate offerings: Public Health & Health 
Services Administration 

► The Georgia Legislature has approved AASU's 
$28 million request for a new science building (Sci- 
ence Hall) and the renovation of Hawes and Solms 
Halls. Ground will be broken for Science Hall this 

► The Board of Regents has announced that AASU 
may accept proposals for on-campus housing. The new 
facility will provide apartment-style accommodations 
for 300 students and offer many amenities. About 160 
students currently live in campus housing, which _ 
Armstrong leases from a private company w^^ 

► The Pirates Basketball team did more than just 
practice their dribbling this season: members inspired 
young students to read. The team read to students at 
twenty public and private schools as part of the Read- 
ing Pirates Project. Children who reached their read- 
ing goals were rewarded with tickets to a home game. 
The most improved readers were treated to a pizza 
party with the team. Nearly 2,000 students participat- 
ed in the project. 

► Warren Winthrop Hiers '78 has been named the Sci- 
ence Teacher of the Year by Channel One, 

the national education channel. Hiers shares the 
wonders of science with students at Richmond Hill 
Middle School. He also instructs A\SU teacher 
education students. 

► Betty Ellis '87. '90 has been named 
the State Science Elementary 
Teacher of the Year by the Georgia 
Science Teachers Association. She 

works at Odum Elementary School 

in Wavne Countv 




Professor Frank Clancy's Sebastian Dangerfield 
Talk and Irish Coffee Reception is the academic 
kick-off of the St. Patrick's Day festivities. This 
year's raucous event featured the usual hilarity 
and shenanigans that have made the lecture 
world-famous. Even the Lord Mayor of Limerick, 
Ireland, was in attendance. The crowd could 
hardly wait to hear who would capture the cov- 
eted Sebastian Dangerfield Award, an honor 
given to the individual who has done the most to 
promote Irish literature. When the winner's 
nationality was announced, a scuffle broke out 
and the crowd booed. Why? Because the recipi- 
ent was English. The audience was quickly 
charmed, however, when Uga V, the University of 
Georgia mascot and English bulldog, strode 
across the stage to accept his award. 

As Uga was about to make his exit, lie got a surprise: President Burnett presented 
him with an honorary doctorate in Irish literature. 


► F. Douglas Moore has been named vice president of university advancement. He 
comes to AASU from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Moore, who has a doc- 
torate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, will direct the university's 
development efforts. 

► Len Fisk is AASU's first assistant vice president for technology. He earned a doctor- 
ate from the University of California at Irvine and most recently was director of infor- 
mation systems for Butte County in Oroville, CA. Fisk will guide the university's tech- 
nology initiatives. 

► Joseph Adams has retired as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is now the 
special assistant to the vice president of academic affairs for international program- 
ming. Look for a tribute to Adams in a future edition ol Armstrong Magazine. 

► Dabney Townsend is the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His academic 
areas include aesthetics, eighteenth-century British philosophy, philosophy of lan- 
guage, and philosophy and literature. Townsend, who was head of the Department of 
Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Texas in Arlington, received his doctor- 
ate from Emory University. 



Photo Illustration by Sarah Metz 

When Martha Stewart talks about "good liv 
ing" you can believe she's'not dis- 
cussing a fast food burger consumed 
in the driver's seat of a minivan. Ms. 
Stewart's nutritious seven course 
meals and brisk walks in the back-yard apple 
orchard are fine for those with plenty of leisure 
time, but most of us are too busy supervising sci- 
ence projects and bringing home the bacon for 
such refined activities. The real-world pressures 
which surround us every day can distract us from one 
of the most precious things in life: our health. 




Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 

Fortunately, you can pick up clues about your lifestyle from simple observation. 

But that doesn't mean you can just walk up to a mirror and tell if you're healthy. 
Health is more of a package deal. The physical and mental components that make 
you you all have a part to play in your health. But since you can't have a mind with- 
out someplace to put it, we'll start on the keys to taking care of your sacred vessel. 

Average adults do not need a registered dietician and personal trainer to keep 
their bodies on the right track. The basics are what matter: diet and exercise and a 
little effort. 

You're Only Human: Sin and Redemption 

Here's the way we're looking at it — there are positives and negatives to every 
aspect of your lifestyle. 

Vice: Eating a bag of Oreos when you have a bad day isn't a doctor recommended 
stress reliever, but it probably won't kill you. Eating a bag a day, however, will do 
some serious damage. The key to eating is variety and moderation. 

Federal nutritional recommendations give us some direction. The seven dietary 
guidelines, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Health and Human Services, are general bits of advice on what we should 
and shouldn't be putting in our bodies: 

► Eat a variety of foods 

► If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation 

► Maintain healthy weight 

► Choose a diet low in fat, 

saturated fat, and 

► Eat plenty of 
vegetables, fruits, and grains 

► Use sugars in moderation 

► Salt and sodium in 


In addition, tlie guidelines include the 
famous food pyramid. Remember that diagram 
you studied in the first grade? Well, it has 
changed. Here's the new and improved version. 

Virtue: With the media attention on fat 
and its many bad associations, like weight 
gain and heart disease, chances are you're 
already trying to cut back. Fifteen years 
ago you probably couldn't have eaten a 
low-fat cheese pizza and a salad with 
reduced-fat dressing, followed by 
fat-free frozen yogurt for dessert. 
The question is this: does all 
this make a difference? 

"People can shoot 
themselves in the foot on 
this one," says Bob Lefavi, 
assistant professor of health 
science. "When given fat-free 
alternatives, many people eat 
so much more that they end up consuming more 
calories. There is no question that the American 
public needs to reduce fat intake, but what gets 
lost in the hype about this issue is that caloric 
intake is really the key. We need to reduce our 
calories and increase our activity." 

You and Your Couch: 
Breaking Up is Hard to Do 

Vice: Americans lead a remarkably seden- 
tary lifestyle. Most of our jobs require little phys- 
ical exertion and our most popular recreational 
activities involve a screen of some kind, be it TV 
or PC. We know the benefits of regular exercise, 
but like so many things in life, the soul is willing 
but the flesh is weak. The average adult should 
be getting at least thirty minutes of exercise a 

Vegetables Fruits 

Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta 

The Food Pyramid: grains, 6-11 servings; 
vegetable group, 3-5 servings; fruits, 2-4 
servings; moderate dairy, 2-4 servings; 
meat and beans, 2-3 servings; and fats/ 
sweets, use sparingly. Source: U.S. 
Dietary Guidelines 

"We falsely believe that the only way to true 
health and fitness is buying a membership to a 
gym," Lefavi says. "Walking is a great exercise; 
it's safe, aerobic, works a number of different 
muscle groups, and cheap." 

Virtue: There are easy ways to exercise, 
even with a busy schedule. The little things 
can make a big difference. Climb the stairs 
instead of taking the elevator, park far- 
ther away from the front door of the 
grocery store to give yourself a little 
walk, anything to get your blood 
pumping for a few minutes a day. 
"1 call these slice of life activi- 
ties," says Rita DiOioacchino. 
assistant professor of health 
science. "They help, but in gen- 
eral we do need to be more 

Drugs: The Legal 

Vice: Smoking is the 
fast and easy way to 
destroy your body. It's 
been proven time and 
time again that it is bad 
for you. The statistics are 
simple, but startling; 
175,000 Americans will die 
this year from tobacco-related 
cancers, and smokers between 
the ages of thirty-five and sev- 
enty have death rates that are three 
times higher than those who have ne\"er smoked. 
Yet people still suck down those cancer sticks 
like they're going out of style. 

"1 advocate any method to stop," says Marylin 
Buck, assistant dean of the School of Health 

Professions. "The patch, gum, or just going cold 
turkey. You just have to brealv that addiction." 
She and Sandy Streater, head of the Department 
of Health Science, are actively involved in the 
fight to halt smoking in young people. 

Virtue.. .or vice? Alcohol consumption has 
been a hot topic in the news lately. Recent 
research shows that alcoholic beverages could 
actually be good for an average, healthy adult. 
"There is a U-shaped curve with health and alco- 
hol," Lefavi notes. Benefits of moderate alco- 
holic intake include lowering 
the risk of heart dis- 
ease. The problem 
,(r^" A A is that knocking 

I ^IT [j A brewskies can 
I 1 ^^^— ^— ^ also do you 

harm. The 
effects of over drinking can raise the risk of high 
blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, birth 
defects, and, according to the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, suicide. Makes you want to think 
twice before reaching for that bottle of wine over 
dinner. Fortunately, consumption of alcohol in 
moderation is acceptable. But be warned: moder- 
ation is defined as only two drinks a day. 

The Whole Enchilada 

Your attitude can be the most important 
weapon in the battle for your total health. It 
takes motivation for you to change your eating 
habits, get your behind off that couch, and mod- 
erate some of your unhealthy behaviors. But your 
mental outlook can be even more important to 
your overall well-being. 

"If you just look at yourself you are just see- 
ing the physical," says DiGioacchino, "intellectu- 
al, emotional, and spiritual health are just as 
important." Spirituality, for example, is more 
than a religious affiliation. "It's a sense of pur- 
pose in life," she says, "a grander view." And intel- 
lectual health doesn't mean you have to rush out 
and join MENSA. "It's not about IQ. It's constant 
stimulation. Pushing yourself to learn something 

Lefavi agrees. "You can not smoke, you can 
eat less fat and salt, you can exercise regularly 

and get plenty of sleep, and you can still get 
sick, and it may have nothing to do with genetics 
or environment," he says. "What I think we're 
beginning to see is that good health is as much a 
matter of being as doing." 

No, as much as we want to, we probably 
can't live the Martha Stewart lifestyle. But 
chances are, if we take care of some of the phys- 
ical pitfalls in everyday life and work on the less 
tangible parts of our character, we might be able 
to have some "good living" of our own. 

— SM 



an hah 

n 1940 and 1941, idealistic students in the Con- 
temporary Georgia course documented life in the slums 
of the city. Armed with boxy black Kodaks, they travelled 
the muddy lanes and cobblestones of Savannah — the 
place once described as a beautiful woman with 
a dirty face. They urged action 
to end the conditions they found. 
Two scrapbooks were filled with 
unforgettable images of tenacious 
poverty and enduring will. 

In the preface to one of the scrapbooks 
the students declaim, "We believe that these pictures 
speak for themselves." 



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rmstrong's chemistry department has a long tradition of sending its best and brightest 
off to medical school, some even before they complete their undergraduate degrees. (The only two 
undergraduates ever accepted by the Medical College of Georgia were Armstrong students.) 

AASU graduates have between a fifty- and sixty-percent acceptance rate to medical school, 
almost double the national rate. What accounts for our success? "The bottom line for Armstrong is 
the quality of instruction," says William Zipperer, associate professor of chemistry and AASU's 
pre-med advisor. "We have established a reputation and the medical schools know that if they get 
Armstrong students who have good grades, they'll probably do alright. The single most important 
thing, however, is the person." 

Here are just two of the young physicians who graduated from Armstrong and pursued careers 
in medicine. ] 

AASU graduates 

have between a 

fifty- and sixty- 

percent accef>- 

tance rate to 

medical scrhool, 

almost double the 

national rate. 

CUSS OF 1986 

"I came home/ says William 
Bosweli of his return to Savan- 
nah. After four years at the Med- 
ical College of Georgia, five 
years of general surgery, and a 
two-year fellowship at Children's 
Memorial Hospital in Chicago, 
he moved back to his native 
Savannah to fill a desperate 
need in our area. 
Critically-ill children used to have to travel to Jack- 
sonville, Augusta, and even Atlanta to receive surgical care. 
Thanks to Bosweli, that is no longer the case. The children 
and their distraught families can stay closer to home and 
be treated by Bosweli: the area's only pediatric surgeon. 
Boswell's desire to settle in Savannah^was perfectly 
timed with Memorial Medical Center's commitment to find- 
ing a pediatric surgeon for its staff. He had done his gener- 
al surgery residency with Memorial but had to go to Chicago 
fof-his fellowship. Only thirty fellowships in pediatric surgery 
exist in the entire country and none of them are in this 
area. When he left, he knew he wanted to return.' 

"I can really give somethifig back to the community "^ 
here," he says. "It's fine to be the thirteenth pediatric sur- 
geon in Atlanta, but does Atlanta really need another pedi- 
atric surgeon?" 








ADN Graduates 

Best and 


CLASS OF 1982 

Learning is actually fun. That 
and the late nights spent in the 
chemistry lab trying to identify 
chemical compounds are what 
Kathy Chu remembers about Arm- 
strong. "But it was more than 
that," she explains, "I never felt 
like a number at Armstrong. My 
professors really cared. That's not 
something you always get at a larg- 
er research university.".^ 

Chu has taken tha^* level of caring into her own work with 
Chatham Medical Associates. "TTove what I do," she 
explains, "mixing the art of science and the art of taking care 
of people. I think it's a calling." And for Chu, it was some- 
thing she had always heard. 

"I can never remember a time when I didn't want to be a 
physician," she says. Although she started college as a biol- 
ogy major, Chu says she quickly changed to chemistry after 
she took her first chemistry course. "It all made sense to 
me. And I knew that even though you might want to go to 
medical school, there is always a chance that you might not 
get in. I knew a chemistry major would give'me a good alter- 
native to go into industry or research." 

• Fortunately, Chu was accepted to medical school and 
graduated from Mercer University Medical School before 
doing her residency here in Savannah. When her residency 
ended, she joined Chatham Medical to practice internal medi,- 
cine. For seven years now, she's been caring for Savannah. 
And heeding her call. 

— SM 

In anticipation of the closing of the Associate Degree 
Nursing Program, all ADN graduates are invited to a 
reception and luncheon on Saturday, May 16 in tribute to 
the program. If you would like more information, please 
phone Ginger Pruden or Nancy Reilly at 912.927.5311. 

Call for Swanky Franky Sto- 
ries ^ 

■^Catherine Smith McConkey '89 challenges fellow mem- 
bers of Swanky Franky's to send in their favorite anec- 
dotes about this underground club from the late 70s and 
early 80s. Among those she has identified from that 
period: John Opper, Roger Brown, David Dorondo, Bob 
Torrescano, Leesa Bohler, Sandra Turnquist. 

TeU It Like It Was 

The next issue of Armstrong Mag- ^' 
azine will feature Armstrong sto- 
ries and commentary in your own 
words. We welcome all sorts of 
submissions — letters, pho- 
tographs, notes, e-mail, faxes, 
drawings, anything. Act fast to 
keep our history alive. We will 
need to receive your submission 
by June 15. 

Armstrong Magazine 

11935 Abercorn Street 

Savannah, GA 31419-1997 

Fax: 912.920.6574 


Ptione: 912.927.5222 

Alumni Association 

Board Of Directors 


G. Herbert Griffin '42, President; 

Amy Massey '90, Vice President/Special Events; 

Patrick Burk '95, Treasurer, Elizabeth E. Arndt '91, 

Georgia M. Dickerson '63, Carolyn B. Evans '40, 

Ann Fuller '88, Marion D. Gannam '46, 

Mary Anne Gray '77, John L. Hoffman III '97, 

Wanda Nashel Jackson '95, William E. Jackson, Jr. '72, 

Bette Jo Krapf '72, Helen McCracken '69, 

Joyce Mills '72, Robin H. Nichols '77, Dan Reynolds '76, 

Kenny L. Sellers '85, Robert J. Smith '80, 

Crystal H. Taylor '90, Richard H. Wallace '84. 





Margaret Schuman Darsey '37 was a class- 
room tether, counselor, and county school 
superintendent in Lakeland for forty /ears 
before retiring in 1981. 

Edythe C. Phillips '37, publisher of the Gler)- 
nville Sentinel for thirty-four years, was named 
an honorary member of the First Citizens Bank 
Elite Club Planning Committee. 

Ruth Sullivan Blanar '47 is an 

accomplished traveller. She has 
cruised through the Panama 
Canal, climbed the Great Wall of 
China, and hunted bargains in 
Hong Kong. Her only regret is that 
she didn't take a rickshaw ride. 



Ruth Sullivan Blanar '47 graduated from the 
University of Tampa with a degree in music and 
taught in the Jacksonville, FL, school system for 
thirty years. She and husband Jack travel to 
many parts of the world. They have three daugh- 
ters and two granddaughters. 

J.R. Hester '41 has had a dental practice for 
fifty years. He is a past president of the Georgia 
Dental Association and a delegate of the Ameri- 
can Dental Association. He and his wife of fifty- 
three years, the former Marjorie McFarlane '42, 
live in Bluffton, SC. They have four children and 
seven grandchildren. Hester is an active church 

Bill Binns '47 has beefi elected chairman of the 
board of Senior Citizens of Savannah. 


John W. Stephens '51 recently marked his fiftK 
eth year with IVIassMutual Insurance and Invest- 
ment Services Company. 

Sarah L. Wade '52 has retired from teaching at 
the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spnng. 

Arthur Gignllliat '53 has been appointed by 
Gov. Zell Miller to a five-year term on the board 
of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade, •■ 
and Tourism. 

Harris W. Mobley '53 received his bachelor's 
degree from Mercer University in 1955; a B.D. 
degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary; and served as a missionary to 
Ghana from 1959 to 1962. Once back in the 
states, Mobley earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. 
from the Hartford Seminary Foundation. He 
developed the anthropology curriculum at Geor- 
gia Southern University, where he also served 
as assistant to the president. He and wife 
Vivian own four Huddle House restaurants. 

Walter C. Fisch '54 received bachelor's and 
master's degrees from the University of Geor- 
gia. He worked as a systems accountant for the 
Pentagon for thirty-one years. 

John J. Sullivan '57 retired front Union Camp 
and has been secretary and treasurer of the 
Savannah Federal Credit Union for twenty-one 
years. ^ 

John 0. Ydumans '57 lives on Tybee Island 
where he has his own contracting firm and is on 
the city council. His wife, Kathy, is acting police 
chief of Thunderbolt. They have three children. 

Robert S. "Bob" Porter '58 has opened his 
own communication firm. Porter Communi- 
cations, in Savannah. 

Robert W. Scoggin '58 received a degree in 
accounting from the University of South Caroli- 
na. His entire career was spent at Banks Con- 
struction Company. He and wife Priscilla live in 
Mt. Pleasant, SC. He travels, volunteers, and 

William L Colson '59 continued his academic 
career with degrees in education. He moved to 
the Detroit area in 1966 and taught for twenty- 
nine years. He. opened Courtesy Driving School 
in 1995 in Troy, Ml. 

Harris W. Mobley '53 owns four 
Huddle House Restaurants. His 
best-selling menu item: the clas- 
sic Southern breakfast of bacon, 
eggs, grits, and biscuits. Another 
hot item is the Clifty Farms coun- 
try cured ham. 

Lee Meyer '59 received the 1998 Honor Award 
for Urban Design by the American Institute of 
Architects. The honor recognizes his work on 
the city campus of the Savannah College of Art 
and Design. He is a frequent guest speaker on 
the topic of historic preservation. 


Otis S. Johnson '64 is a board member on the 
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and the 
Ossabaw Foundation. 

Tennis ace Faye Kirschner '65 witUretire soon 
from the Savannah-Chatham County School Sys- 
tem. She teaches in AASU's Health and Physi- 
cal Education Department. 

Judy Newsome '68, '87 has taught social stud- 
ies for twenty-nine years at Bartlett Middle 
School, where she did her student teaching. 
She taught at Armstrong from 1988 to 1993. 

Robert P. Cassldy '68 has joined Tattnall Bank 
of Savannah as a vice president. 

Jim Weeks '68 was re-elected president of the 
Georgia State Board of Funeral Service, the reg- 
ulatorv board for the funeral industry in 

Gary Dorminey '69 was profiled by the Atlanta 
Business Chronicle as one of the top twenty-five 
CEOs of a financial institution in the state. He 
heads Carrollton Federal Bank. 


Laura Worrell '70 rety-ed in Savannah after forty 
years of federal service. She spent twenty years 
of her service in Europe and traveled over three- 
fourths of the globe. 

Jerry Konter '71, '72 has been elected president 
of the Home Builders Association of Georgia. 

Allen Binkley '72 and wife Dianne '72 have a 
general contracting firm operating -in Alabama. 
Florida, and Louisiana. 

Raymond Blakley '72 received a Ph.D. in educa- 
tion from Georgia State University. He is student 
assessment coordinator with the Clayton County 
Board of Education. He is involved in curriculum 
development projects and presents at local, 
state, and national conferences. The Blakleys 
have three children: BG. 18: Ashley, 14; and 
Carly, 9. 

Janice Couch '72 is a dental hygienist in 

Lauder Carn '72 is a general tax administration 
auditor for the Flohda Department of Revenue. 
He earned a master's in taxation from Florida 
International University and is a licensed certified 
public accountant in Florida. He and his wife live 
in Miami. 

Ray Gaster '72 has been elected to the board of 
directors of Savannah's First Liberty Bank. 

Duncan Stoddard '72 has been in banking in Gro- 
ton, CT, for the past twenty-five years and is CEO 
and president of Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. 
His wife, Lolly, is a professional artist whose 
work is in collections across the country. They 
have three children: Christy. Andrew, and John. 

Bess Chappas '73 has been elected president of 
the Savannah Toastmasters Club 705 for 1997- 

Jeri Gale '73 was recently promoted to adminis- 
trative resources director at Robertson & 
Markowitz Advertising and Public Relations. 

Oscar Hall '73 was promoted to senior vice presi- 
dent and chief credit officer for the Coastal Bank 
of Savannah. -' 

Mark A. Sussman '73 is director of development'** 
at Memorial Day School. His son, Brian, attends 
AASU. and the Sussmans host exchange student 
Stuart Mackay, the seven-foot Pirates basketball 
player from Scotland. 

Jerry L. Spivey '73 is a member of the 1996 
Executive Council of New York Life Insurance 

Susan H. Carpenter '74 is a training and develop- 
ment administrator for SunTrust Bank, Savannah. 


David Dickey '74 was elected a fellow of the 
American College of Trust and Estate Council. 

Cyntliia V. Metts '74 was promoted to mort- 
gage loan officer for SunTrust Bank, Savannah. 

Ge^ld D. Cowart '75 received the 1997 Sus- 
tainable Architecture Design Award and a 1997 
Honor Award from the American Institute of 
Debra Edenfield '75, '81 is the 1998 .Teacher 
of the Year at Pulaski Elementary School. 

William (Wip) McCuen '75 is a financial consul- 
tant for A.G. Edwards & Son, Savannah. 

Stanley L. Reed '75 joined the Savannah and 
Chatham County Police Departments. In 1987 
he returned to active duty in the army. He test 
pilots Chinook helicopters. His daughter, Leigh 
Reed Judd, is a senior English major at AASU. 

Karleen M. Grevemberg '76 has been promot 
ed to labor relations officer in the civilian per- 
sonnel advisory center of the Savannah District, 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Grace Lyon Merritt '76 has purchased Mtflie 
Lewis Modeling Agency in Savannah. 

Lillye.M. Parker '76 lives in Beaufort, SC, and 
has retired from nursing. 

Jolin Snelling '76 is an assistant vice president 
at Palmer & Cay. 

Joey Crawford '77 is a Savannah field repre- 
sentative for The Guardian of America. He was 
a candidate for Georgia House of Representa- 
tives seat 150. Earlier in the year, he received a 
resolution from the Georgia Legislature for 
being named Life Underwriter of the Year in 
Georgia. He is president of the Georgia State 
Association of Life Underwriters. He and wife 
Pamela Stone have a six-year-old son. Cole. 

Michael J. Higgs '77, a navy commander, grad- 
uated from the Naval War College in Newport, 

Rhonda B. Shearouse 'f7 has joine_d Wachovia 
Bank as assistant manager of the Bull Street 

Mark Stall '77 was elected vice president for 
public relations by the Savannah Toastmasters . 
Club 705 for 1997-1998. 

Jimmie Strickland '77 sells concrete and 
masonry products in Savannah. He and wife 
Doreen have two children. 

Harriett Roberts '78 is the 1998 Teacher of the 
Year at Garrison Elementary School. 


Cathy B. Hall '80 was named manager of the 
Wilmington Island Branch of Wachovia Bank. 

Dean V. Moesch '80 heads the radiology 
department at Candler Hospital. 

Susan Sowell Harbin '80 is a systems analyst 
at H.O. Software in Savannah. She and hus- 
band Floyd '76 live in Richmond Hill and have 
two sons, Matt and Jordan. 

Gail Brown '81 is the 1998 Teacher of the Year 
at Groves High School . 

William (Bill) EuDaly '81 is a teacher in the 
Gwinnett County School System. Last year he 
was named to Who's Who Among American ' 

Caria L. Gay '81 is an environmental manager 
with Jefferson Smurfit on Amelia Island, PL. She 
is past president of the Florida Pulp and Paper 
Association and has presented twp papers 
before the TAPPI International Environmental 
Conference. She teaches environmental cours- 
es at Florida Community College in Jacksonville. 
Her son. Will, is a senior at Florida State UrriVer- 

Robert Morrison '81 works with Kimberly Clark 
in Tuscon, AZ. He and Esther Levin-Morrison '82 
were married in 1983 and have a young daugh- 
ter. He loves living in Arizona. 

John P. Skeadas '83 has been named Zone III 
Sales Leader of the Quarter for the GEICO 
Direct Insurance Company. 

Judith C. Wood '83 earned a master's of library 
and information science from the University Of 
South Carolina last year. She is a cataloging 
librarian in Savannah. 

Glenda N. Baugh '84 is senior loan officer at 
Sunshine Mortgage Corporation of Savannah. 

Marsha B. Fogarty '85 is director of marketing 
services for the Savannah-Chatham County- 
School System, 

William C. Boswell '86 is Memorial Medical 
Center's first pediatric surgeon. 

Stephen R. Bradshaw '86 is working on a mas- 
ter's of public administration at Georgia State 

Laura C. Chan '86 is an HIV/AIDS specialist 
with the Chatham County Health Department. 
She completed the Women's Health Care Nurse 
Practitioner Program at the Emory University 
School of Medicine's Regional Training Center. 
She and husband Butch '75, '78 live in Savan- 

Barbara M. Estes '86 is an art teacher in the 
Bryan County School System. 

Mark J. Quarterman '86 is a dermatologist at 
Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic in Anderson, 

Nina Anne Delk '87 is the 1998 Teacher of the 
Year at Windsor Forest Elementary School. 

Sharon Ryan Coker '88 lives in High Point, NC, 
where she takes care of her five-year-old daugh- 
ter, Samantha, and her three-year-old twin sons, 
Thomas and Benjamin. 

Sue Crews '88 is the 1998 Teacher of the Year 
at Isle of Hope Elementary School. 

Charles M. Morrjs '88 has been designated as 
diplomate of the American Board of Forensic 
Examiners from the American College of Foren- 
sic Examiners. 

Terri M. Fuller '88 received her OB/GYN degree 
from the University of Pennsylvania and is a 
nurse practitioner in Mt. Arlington, NJ. 

Cindy McCormick '87 

The AASU community was saddened by the 
sudden death of Cindy McCormick on Novem- 
ber 14. A former chemist, she earned a bache- 
lor of arts in psychology from Armstrong in 
1987, graduating first in her class. After receiv- 
ing a graduate degree from Georgia Southern, 
she returned to campus as an assistant pro- 
fessor and coordinator of psychology. 

The Cindy McCormick Memorial Scholarship 
Fund will provide university-wide scholarships 
to talented students who might not otherwise 
be eligible for support. Checks should be made 
to the AASU Foundation and marked for the 
McCormick Scholarship Fund. 

Kim McLaughlin Sharp '88 has joined the staff 
of Coastal Psychology. 

Katy Ballance '89 is athletic director at Memor- 
ial Day School. In 1994 she received the MDA 
Gold Medal Teacher Award, and in 1995 the 
yearbook was dedicated to her. 

Michael J. Heiser '89 has joined the radiology 
department of Bulloch Memorial Hospital in 

Alice Kinchen '89 works for the Savannah 
insurance firm of Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton. 


Teresa Clifton '90 teaches art at Savannah 
Christian Prep School. 

Sandy Derocher '90 is the employment manag- 
er for the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Cobb 
County. She has been busy redecorating her 
house and planning her first trip to Europe. 

Mark H. Yun '90 has opened a law firm in Mari- 
etta specializing in criminal, immigration, and 
debtor/creditor law. He has been a member of 
the Georgia Army National Guard for seven 

Timothy L. Lester '91 works for Samsung Semi- 
conductors and has relocated to Austin, TX. 

Lauran Moreno '91 is the 1997 Teacher of the 
Year at Eastview School in Americus. 

Melissa Lyn Dove Wynn '91 and R. Alexander 
Wynn '92 were married last year. She received 
her M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, 
where she is a resident in internal medicine. He 
is a senior medical student. 



Janice B. Bevan '92 is a nurse consultant in 
Brunswick. Her work enables her to use the 
management and organizational skills she has 
developed throughout her nursing career while 
still allowing time for family and church activi- 
„>^es. She retired as director of the Education 
and Research Department at Southeast Geor- 
gia Regional Medical Center in 1993. 

Lynettjf'Cox '92 is a nurse practitioner in the 
Neonatal Medicine Department at:f*hoebe Put- 
ney Memorial Hospital, Albany. 

Patricia B. Gale '92 is a vice president at 
Palmer & Cay of Georgia. She manages two 
profit centers for the firm: personal insurance 
and agency commercial insurance. She is past 
president of Insurance Women of Savannah. 

Cynthia IVI. Hunter '92 is an oncology nurse at 
Candler Hospital and a mother of three. 

IVIichael K. Jenkins '92 is a CADD coordina- 
tor/drafter at Thomas & Hutton Engineering in 
Savannah. He and wife Lori have a son, Brent. 

Kevin Wetmore '92 teaches marine biology, 
ecology, and integrated coastal scienffes at 
Savannah Christian and coaches the girls' soc- 
cer team. 

< John W. Youmans '92 is a state erivirQj3n].ental 
health specialist in Bryan County?5 

Ferris Whitfield Laner '93 is CEO and president 
of Laner Enterprises International, a non-profit 
organization dedicated to improving social con- 
ditions worldwide through education and med- 
ical intervention. 

Marcia Long '93 is a speech-language patholo- 
gist in the Effingham County School System. 

Joseph E. Buttimer '94 received his law degree 
from UGA and has joined his father and brother 
Edward '91 in private practice in Savannah. 

Jennifer Clay '94 has joined the Frederic Bank 
and Trust Company of Brunswick as a market- 
ing representative. 

Sylvia Twine '94 was the first runner up at the 
national level of the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts 
Competition held last year in New York. Shg 
vyon the Michigan state competition andtlie 
Great Lakes regional competition. 

Mark Jones '95 plans to move to Nashville, TN, 
to become a songwriter. 

Robert M. Murphy '95'is a media buyer/plan- 
ner and corporate pilot at Vavrter & Vawter 
Advertising and Public Relations. 

Charles M. Heimes '96 works for 
Newt Gingrich as a staff assistant 
and systems manager. Before liis 
Beltway migration, he was head of 
the Chatham County Young Repub- 

Christy Stephens Buie '96 works at the South- 
east Georgia Regional Medical Center in 
Brunswick. She married Dennis Ray Buie last 

Sheila Bacon-Garcia '96 is the 1998 Teacher of 
the Year at Largo-Tibet Elementary School. 

Carol Grooters '96 teaches special education 
at St. Simons Elementary. ■" 

Charles M. Heimes '96 is a systems manager* 
for Newt Gingrich. He did presidential campaign 
research for the Republican National Committee 
in 1996. 

Nancy B. Roberts '96 writes, 
"Armstrong prepared me well for 
the career I have chosen. I owe my 
success in college to a lot of hard 
work on my part and to having 
some very good instructors who 
care about the students before 
and after graduation." 

Andrea Lawson '96 is the senior administrative 
secretary for the Glynn County .Assessor's 

Nancy B. Roberts '96 teaches in the Bulloch 
County School System and has been asked to 
join the Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society for Edu- 
cators. She began graduate study in the fall. 

Elaine E. Strickland '96 works at the Premier 
Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in States- 
boro. .^ 

Stephen Michael Wyatt '96 is a correctional 
officer at Coastal State Prison in Garden City. 
He plans to enter AASU's graduate criminal jus- 
tice program. Afterward he would like to man- 
age several state prisons. 






I N 

W. Eugene Allen '51 

August 16, 1997 
Hugh F. Anderson, Sr. '72 

April 14, 1997 
William G. Ball, Jr. '72 

March 15, 1997 
Betty (Lynes) Beecher '38 

Wry Betty Beecher always wore something 
turquoise, that chameleon eastern gem — subtle 
sapphire's aqua cream. It epitomized the spirit, 
mind, and heart of this shy and sophisticated lady 
of academics and letters. She loved and taught 
and played language — in her classroom, with her 
family, among her friends: "once startled into talk, 
the light syllables leaped for her,/And she bal- 
anced in the delight of her thought..." Gracious 
hostess, cynic demure, genteel and naughty racon- 
teur — "lovely in her bones." 
Harry M. Dodd, Jr. '47 

February 21, 1997 
Elizabeth McMillan Downing '41 

November 10, 1997 
Louise G. Coker Gatch '37 

November 7, 1997 
William M. Girardeau '55 

June 26, 1997 
Known for his caustic cultural homilies, his 
Geechee brogue and snappy humor, "Willie" 
Girardeau presided over the St. Patrick's Day 
parade where it rounds Lafayette Square. The 

M E M O R I A M 

"Mayor of Charlton Street" will be especially missed 
on March 17: "Hey man. Good to see ya. They 'tole' 
me you were here." 
John J. Magee '39 

August 30, 1997 
Joyce Remion McDowell '49 

August 15, 1997 
George M. Miles '72 

August 31, 1997 
Sara L. Powell '50 

August 19, 1997 
Jesse Richard Rogers '48 

April 28, 1997 
William Lee Speir '37 

November 23, 1997 
Keith A. Thompson '95 

May 13, 1997 
Alva E. "Pat" Wharam '90 

September 3, 1997 
Martha Allan Wilkinson '37 

September 14, 1995 
Selma S. Withington '38 

February 8, 1997 

Lorraine Anchors, 

October 26. 1995, 

Professor of English Emerita, 1954-1983 
Janet Currle '37, 

taught English in the 1980s 

Arthur T. Kolgaklis 

November 3, 1997 

Instructor at Armstrong Junior College 
Cindy McCormick '87 

November 14, 1997 

Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Corinne H. McGee 

September 30. 1997 

Assistant Comptroller of Armstrong State College 
Mary Miller. 

college's first librarian 
Hinckley Augustus Murphy '37 

July 24, 1997 

Instructor at Armstrong Junior College 
He named and was editor of Armstrong's first year- 
book. The 'Geechee. In the 1940s and 1950s his 
Socratic humanism and classroom energy stirred 
and calmed, inspired and focused every student 
who studied English with him. Class discussions 
were often manually recorded, transcribed verbatim, 
and returned to students — Swift, Goethe. Dickens, 
Dante. Voltaire, and Yeats. It was a unique ritual of 
dedication to his students and the fine art of teach- 
ing. His heart was the true secret he shared. 
John F. Newman, 

December 25, 1995, 

retired professor of government 
William Starrs, 

taught theatre and English in the 1960s and 


Correctional officer Stephen 
IVIichael Wyatt '96 has an ambi- 
tious goal: "I will eventually 
beconne the commissioner of the 
Department of Corrections; it's 
only a matter of time." 

Amy Lewis'Blocker '97 teaches chemistry in 
the Bryan County School System. / 

Mark R. Brass '97 is a signalman for CSX 
Transportation Company in Savannah. 

Kathleen Burke '97 teaches at IVIercer Middle 
School, Savannah. 

Cynthia Clark '97 is a staff nurse at Memorial 
Medical Center, 

Danetta D. Clark '97 is a nurse at the Liberty 
Regional Medical Center in Fort Stewart. 

V Melissa Ann Clark '97 is a nurse on the ortho- 
■ pedic unit at Memorial Medical Center. 

Toni Shearouse Cowart '97 teaches eighfR^ 
grade at South Effingham Middle School. 

Diane"Dk:kson '97 works in the progressive 
care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and is work- 
ing on critical care certification. She is looking 
forward to pursuing a master's in nursing. 

Brian 0. Eastmead '97 is a third-year pharmacy 
student at UGA. He received the 1997 ASHP 
Student Leadership Award and was appointed 
to the ASHP Student Forum Programming Com- 
mittee. He is president of Phi Delta Chi. 

Eric Read Filmer '97 is in his 

novice year as a priest-in-training, 
an experience he describes as 
"kind of like spiritual boot camp." 

John Edwards '97 perforpied in the closing cer- 
emonies of the 1996 Summer Olympk; Games 
in Savannah. He accompanied (on piano) the 
winner of the 1996 Savannah Onstage Amen- 
can Traditions Competition. He teaches music 
at Richmond Hill Middle School and conducts s, 
the middle school and high school choruses. 

Eric Read Filmer '97 is a novice (priest-in-train- 
ing) in the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, 
in Denver, CO. After novice training, he will go to 
Aquinas University for a master's in divinity. He 
explains, "Naturally, I must first make it through 
my novice year, which is kind of like spiritual 
boot camp." 

Michelle Lea Harvey '97 is a respiratory thera- 
pist at Memorial Medical Center. 

Theresa Hiers '97 is a staff nurse at St. 
Joseph's. She is a Sunday School teacher for 
couples and has recently been called to the 
mission field. She enjoys scuba diving and snow 
skiing, camping and travel. 

Carrie Watts-Parker '97 is director of the 
S.H.A.R.E. Senior Center on Hilton Head Island. 
She and husband Todd '97 live in Savannah. 

Amy Pridgeon '97 teaches at Butler Elementary 
School, Savannah. 

Celeste Rene '97 graduated magna cum laude 
and has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau 
International Nursing Honor Society. 

Cheryl L. Ritch "97 received a National Achieve- 
ment Award in 1996 and was named Parapro- 
fessional of the Year in Special Education from 
the Georgia State Autism Society. 3he works in 
the Glynn County School System. 

Pamela J. Samuel '97 is a graduate nurse at 
Memorial Medical Center. 


Dorothy McMillan Vail '97 isthe choir director 
at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Savannah. 

Beth G. Williams '97 is a psychiatric nurse at 
Charter Hospital of Savannah. She plans to '" 
pursue a master's degree. 

Melody Young '97 is a speech-language pathol- 
ogist in the Savannah-Chatham County School 


Eddie '79 and Michele (O'Donnel) Aenchbach- 
er '91, July 18, 1997, s&h Jesse Louis. 


Mary Laird Stacy '47, and her husband, John, 
fifty years, August 23, 1997. 


Rhonda A. Adams '92 to Christopher J. Anderson '92 

Katy D. Ballance '89 to Christopher A. Fleming 

Craig W. Banks '88 to Amy Richardson 

Sherri L. Baxley '97 to Jeremy C. Riner 

Julie A. Bland '96 to Andrew J. Collins '97 

Clara Jo Bolte '96 to Charles B. Cobb 

Tamala P. Booker '95 to Carlton S. Middleton 

Lara L. Brown '96 to David W. Eller 

Megan A. Brown '93 to Kevin C. Hull 

Apryl J. Coleman '96 to William A. Lewis 

James E. Cooke '97 to Penny L. Hollingsworth 

Jennifer L. Diestel '96 to Arthur R. Shoemaker, Jr. 

Kelly A. Downs '96 to Robert L. Faircloth 

Christopher J. Foster '93 to Sandra E. Vinueza 

Lisa M. Gay '92 to Joseph B. Smith 

Angela M. Grant '86 to Clifford Mack 

Jennifer L. Grundy "96 to Paul H. Beddow '93 

Connie E. Hamilton '97 to Richard L. Quarles, Jr. 

Alisia C. Jackson '93 to Harry L. Chaney 

Melissa A. Jakeman '95 to James T. Griner III 

Brandi E. Jones '95 to William D. Morgan 

Johnathan L. Judson '95 to Patricia K. Oliver 

April M. Lewis '96 to Earl S. Barry 

Stephanie D. Lloyd '96 to Dennis M. Herb, Jr. 

Stephanie A. Lord '96 to Christopher E. Rosato 

Stephen L. Lynch '78 to Joleen Le Roux 

Cami A. Lyons '97 to Daniel B. Harhs 

Mary Ann Merritt '97 to Courtney R. Mitchell 

Sandra M. Meyers '93 to Gerard G. Smeltzer III 

Robert S. Middleton '97 to Wendy L. Morris 

Stephanie E. Mills '96 to John C. Wells 

Debra D. Mobley '89 to Otis L. Brabham 

Shelly A. Morgan '96 to Christopher S. Bell 

Lori A. Pagan '97 to Gary M. Harvey 

Nikki Palamiotis '97 to James S. Joyner, Jr. 

Elise M. Palefsky '96 to Kevin W. Blackston 

Patricia F. Palmer '93 to Darryl J. Richardson 

Amanda K. Ricks '97 to Dan C. Simmons 

Frances K. Riley '97 to Kevin R. Doyle '92 

Dana B. Simpson '97 to Timothy A. Johnson 

Christy A. Stephens '96 to Dennis R. Buie 

Susan M. Sterling '81 to Mark J. Tellefsen 

Kenneth L. Strickland '94 to Patricia E. Grady 

Mark I. Stroud '93 to Monica Dee 

Kelly M. Swain '95, '96 to Chnstopher E. Winters 

Heather D. Swanson '96 to Jeffrey S. Little 

Kevon S. Watson '91 to Ellen C. Watson 

Giselle L. White '75 to Ronald W. Perry 

Laura M. White '94 to Randall A. Bell 

Cassandra L. Wilson '96 to Tony E. Vickery 

Donald C. Wilson '95 to Amanda H. Clark 

Donna W. Wright '93 to Thomas H. Chu 

John H. Wright '94 to Jennifer C. Murray 

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oe Roberts does not like to talk 
about himself. "Talk about my 
players," he insists. "They're the 
ones doing it." There's a com- 
fortable energy of truth in 
everything Roberts tells you 
about his baseball program. So 
you want to do his bidding. 

Just as we sit down to talk, 
a gaudy stand of black-crepe 
carnations is delivered. Ajokester friend sent it to 
mourn the Yankees' loss in the American League 
playoffs. "What's this with the Yankees, Joe?" 

Coach Joe Roberts is 

the touoh, revered 

commander of Pirates' 


His cattywampus smile tells 
you that even a snide wall of sar- 
casm, or ignorance, does not stir 
his patience. In the poetry of 
brevity he describes a lifelong 
devotion to the Bronx Bombers. 
Soft-spoken, Roberts' communica- 
tive powers are as fierce as his 
passion for baseball. 

His eyes deepen. Sniper's eyes 

as Yankee manager Billy Martin once described Al 

Kaline, Detroit's premier Hall of Famer. 

Roberts looks at you clothes-line ^M^^ 

straight. Skirmishes stir his memo- 
ry: 1987, beat Southern four times; 
stopped Kevin Brown (Marlins' 
pitcher who collared the Braves 
twice in the 1997 playoffs) at Geor- 
gia Tech; down 10-0 after six 
innings to Kentucky in 1990, catch 
'em in the bottom of the ninth and 
win in extra innings. 

It's all about patience, tenacity, 
and a razor instinct for talent. "I 
was hired in 1980 to coach basket- 
ball, my best sport. I knew just a 
little about recruitment." A 
Roberts' trademark understate- 
ment. He has never had a losing 
season at Armstrong while compil- 
ing a 160-97 (.623) record against 
Division I teams including Clem- 
son, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, 
Georgia Southern, and Georgia 
Tech. He is the youngest active 
coach to win 750 games (.690 winning percentage) 
at any NCAA level. Good memories. 

He chuckles up a soothering reminiscence. "It's 
1989 against Northern Kentucky The regional, up 
there. We're down 4-3, bottom of the ninth. None on. 
Two out. If we lose, we go home." The Kentucky 
sportscaster cockily announces, "Stay for our trophy 
presentation." Roberts' face is a deadpan of animat- 
ed ease. "We single, triple, single, and win. Win the 
next day, 18-2, and are in the World Series. The 
announcer moved on to Lewis University where he 
saw his team lose, again, to Armstrong in the 1994 
World Series. 

Roberts is flanked by two of his brightest stars, Catcher 
Andy Ysalgue and Pitcher Doug Sessions. They can recite a litany of 
Roberts' Rules: no earrings, no backwards caps, no tobacco, no 
profanity. "He's a character," Sessions says. "He's fun to be around 
on the field." Ysalgue agrees. "Coach has been a friend. It's been a 
pleasure playing for him." 

Roberts is quick to slough off the 
itchy skin of heavy praise, "I'm here to 
coach. I enjoy the sport. 1 like being 
around kids who want to get after it 
— in the classroom and on the dia- 
mond." Juggling jocks and academics 
is a sleazy in-the-outhouse kind of 
vocation at many colleges, but "For- 
get it at Armstrong," says Calvain Cul- 
berson, who played four years for 
Roberts and now coaches Pirates' 
pitchers. "Coach Roberts tells you 
that you can't just po.s.s. You've got to 
do well. That's number one." Number 
two is simpler: have fun at practice. 
"Practices are more fun than games," 
says Roberts. Number three: win. 
One. T\vo. Three. That's it. "But you 
have to make your grades or it's all 
I over," Culberson concludes. 

His boot camp principles of disci- 
pline and integrity prototype his suc- 
cess. "He absolutely will not recruit an academic 
risk," says Don Anderson, assistant athletic director. 
If a pitcher has a ninety-four mph fastball and a 
miser-mite 1.25 ERA, many coaches and recruiters 
will rush and drool and clamor to bring him in. 
Roberts will say "What is his GPA? 3.5? You sure? Let 
me see. OK, good. Let's talk to him." Telephone con- 
tact is the primary recruitment tool at Roberts' dis- 
posal because of budget restrictions. With the limita- 
tions inherent in this method, Roberts' record is 
even more remarkable: 756-339 record; thirty-four 
All-Americans in the past decade; fifty-win seasons 
on four occasions. And a stunning 47-9 (.856) romp 
in 1990 when the Pirates were ranked number one 
all season. Five Division I teams in the World Series 
that year were trounced by Armstrong in regular sea- 
son play. 

His recruits have dominated AASU's President's 
Cup for scholar athletes. Ail-American Pirates have 
won the trophy six times since 1989, one of the two 

years the team was number one in the final NCAA 
poll. In 1990 it was the same story. Roberts' teams 
regularly have 3.0 (or better) GPAs. "In all their aca- 
demic success, they may satisfy conference or school 
regulations, but not his," Don Anderson says. Sixty- 
nine baseball players have graduated in the last 
twelve years. Only seven regulars in that span 
have not graduated. "And Joe keeps up with 
them," Anderson continues. "Where are 
they? How far away? Have they gotten 
a degree yet?" 

"Good work, Joe." 

"Sure, sure," he snarls 
mockingly. "Let's keep it 
in perspective." Mild 
irritation at the gratu- 
itous compliment. "The 
players do these things. Play- 
ers who won't lose. When I got 
this job, 1 had never coached base- 
ball. I won a not-too-hot contest to be 
baseball coach, and 1 was distinctly chal- 
lenged. Still am. If I could only learn from my 
mistakes, I'd be a certified genius." 

Roberts often calls in statistics after the game 
— without any notes — and can correct scoresheets 
from memory, even after a double-header. No shuf- 
fling scorecards and stats. 

"You win with good players," says Roberts. "Good 
players who know how to be ready."' That's "maybe 
the best thing he teaches," says Culberson. "Disci- 
pline yourself to be ready." It may seem easy to an 
outsider when in three games you score seventy runs 
to four againstUtica (whose team captain called off 
the final game of the series). Or win thirty straight 
games, still a national record, in 1990. 

But be ready. Up ten runs after seven innings 
against Winthrop in the 1987 Big South Champi- 
onships, Division I. "Win and we're in the regional," 
recalls Roberts, his voice beginning a kind of lopey 
pattern of inflection. "It was nearly dark. No lights. It 
was a bad sunfield over shortstop, left field, and 
third base. We couldn't see the ball out there. Mike 
Mitchener was exhausted. They got half a dozen hits. 
Mike walked a few and finally had to be pulled. We 
lost 13-12 in the bottom of the ninth. It was close to 

Roberts takes a deep breath. A yearning of 
somberness swipes his steady face. His voice tough- 
ens up to finish. You know what's coming. You want to 
hear it. But you also don't want to hear it. "It cost us 
the conference championship and a Division I bid. It 
was the end of May." Like an end, of a world. "I came 
home. Put up the equipment and didn't get it 
out, or look at it, until the fall." It was the 
first and only time Roberts has ever done 
j^ I ^m m The next season the Pirates 

KODCrtS ^^'"^ed an NCAA Di\ision II 

3^^. H^ World Series berth, again in 

-Step Program: 


Get your grades. 

Have fun at practice. 


1989. They were 90-26 . 
(.776) those two 
years. Another series 
in 1994. They have been 
in seven regionals since 

I am looking at Joe Roberts. A 
man who knows how "to get after it." 
He looks easily back; his blue eyes coil 
straight to your brain center. A fuzzy holo- 
graph from the 1970s rises on the horizon of con- 
sciousness. It is of the supreme New York Yankee 
catcher, Thurman Munson. A game against the White 
Sox, or Detroit; Roberts can tell you. Sparky Lyle wins 
it in relief. Munson got three hits, one a homer, sever- 
al RBIs. I see him, maybe about the eighth inning. In 
a primeval crouch, like a polar bear in Yankee pin- 
stripes, anchored, protecting homeplate. His great 
mahogany mitt glistening like a warrior's sun in the 
center of things. The batter singles. The man on sec- 
ond arcs around third fleeing recklessly toward 
home. The throw from right field thumps into the 
mitt. The runner crashes full tilt into Munson. And 
crumples to earth. Out. Yankees win. Be ready. 
"Thanks for your time, Joe." 
"You're sure welcome. Talk to Cah'ain now. OK'?" 1 
agree to do that. 

"You take care of it," I say, teasing him. 
He gives a bemused, grumpy smile. "I'll take care 
of it." 

— BS'49 

As we go to press, the Pirates are ranked eighth ii/ 
NCAA Division II. 


Armstrong Athletics: 

A Few Flashes From The Past 

laJo Led by Melvin Kiley, Jack McLaughlin, 
Arthur Cranman, and "Buck" Stevens, and 
wearing the wool uniforms of the day, the 
Geechee basketball team scratched its way 
to the state junior college championship. 
Nine years later, the "old woolies" were res- 
cued from a WWII mothballing for the '47 
team to finish third in the junior college 

iy4l Melvin Kiley's brother Jack, and Bobby 
Blake starred for the Geechees. A season 
highlight included the road trip to Bluefield, 
West Virginia — the heart of a February 
Appalachia. The team had never seen 
mountains, or snow, or anyone six-feet- 
eight-inches tall. Bluefield had two such 
mountaineers. But the feisty shortshooters 
from Gaston and Bull Streets won anyway. 

loTJ Bert Jones reports a "legendary" road 
trip highlighted by Bernie Kramer's innova- 
tive shot-making. "It was the first game of a 
road trip. Middle Georgia at Cochran." 
Close game. "Everyone began to take wild 
shots." Time out. A minute or so to play. 
"Coach Torrie told us to work it around. 
'Calm down.'" 

"Yeah," Kramer said. "Everybody be 
calm now, OK?" OK. 

"Bernie took the inbounds pass at half- 
court about forty feet out. Dribbled once 
and shot an over-the-head line drive. 
Swish." Now calmed down, the Geechees 
won and went undefeated on the road trip. 

Intramural girls 
teams were: Sassy 
Strutters, Glamazons, 
Co-Eds, and Slick 
Chicks. The boys: 
Terrapins, Scholars, 
Gators and 
Loafers. "True to 
their name," 
wrote the Loafer 
'Geechee editor, "these 
boys didn't place in 
anything this year." 

lyOO Hall of Famer Danny Sims — base- 
ball and basketball whiz 1964-68 — set 
dozens of sports records at Armstrong. 
Also a Presidents Cup scholarship winner, 
Sims became the shortest center (5' 6") in 
college basketball when he jumped center 
and scored twenty-seven points against 
Savannah State to lead the Pirates 85-73 
over a "giant" but bamboozled pack of 
Tigers whose center was s/x-feet-six. 

Ic)ll'l4 It was downright Biblical — 
Samuel, Elijah, and Isaac leading the 
Pirates' basketball team to seventy-seven 
victories, three post-season tournaments, 
and two conference titles. Armstrong's first 
national ranking. Among them Sam Berry, 
Ike Williams, and Sonny Powell scored 
5821 points, snagged 2420 rebounds, 
323 steals, and 155 blocked shots, while 
accumulating numerous conference, 
region, and All-American honors. Townfolk 
packed the Civic Center to gawk and glorify 
while these teams committed balletic, ath- 
letic poetry for their multitudes of follow- 
ers. It was the green and golden spring of 
Armstrong basketball. 


Michael Cohen 
wins back-to-back 
NCAA national 
weightlifting titles 
in the 181-lb. class 
— the first national 
athletic champi- 
onships for an 
Armstrong individ- 
ual or team. 

team beats Geor- 
gia Southern four 
times in 1987. 
Down seven runs 
against Wittenburg 
in 1984: two outs, 
none on, bottom of 
ninth, the Pirates get eleven straight men 
on base and win on singles and walks, 15- 
14. Vintage Joe Robert's baseball: "Be 
patient. Don't give up." 

The decade of women's tennis. 
Peach Belt Athletic Conference titles from 
1993 to 1997. Two national champi- 


Beginning of women's fast-pitch soft- 

AASU hosts the Peach 
Belt Atheltic Confer- 
ence. Basketball 
Pirates make it to 
the tournament 

— RS '49 


Foundation Shows St 

Contributors to 
the Armstrong 
Atlantic State 
University Foun- 
dation, Inc., are 
entitled to all 
tax benefits 
authorized by 

The Armstrong Atlantic State 
University Foundation, Inc., 
Board of Directors are the peo- 
ple who ma)fe it happen. They 
are business and community 
leaders who give their time, pro- 
fessional expertise, and support 
to obtain resources for the uni- 

Robert H. Demere, Jr., )M 

president "^ 

Curtis G. Anderson, 

vice president 

F. Douglas M^ore, 

executive vice president 
& assistant seczetary 

J. Curtis Lewis III, 

secretary - 

Helen Downing, 


Sidney T. Nutting, Jr. '48, 

assistant treasurer 

Frank T. Anderson ^ 

James W. Andrews ,.*-*- 

Robert F. Brown, Jr. 77, 78 

Richard A. Estus 

Robert W. Groves III 

Thomas C. Hester 

Jack M. Jones, Jr. 

Donald A. Kole 

John V. Luck 

J. ClLffMcCuri7'68 

Millicent Melaver '49 

Henry Minis 

Benjamin A. Oxnard, Jr. 

Arnold Tenenbaum 

Don L. Waters '75 

Floyd Adams, Jr. '71, adjunct 

G. Herbert Griffin '42, adjunct 
Irving Victor '41', adjunct 



rhen the president's gavel passed from the hand of J. Cliff McCurry • 
to Rob Demere, Jr., at the October meeting of the AASU Foundation Board 
of Directors, another milestone was announced: the foundation had passed 
the $2 million mark in assets. As of December 31, 1997, those assets 
totaled $2,120,061.21. Highlights of recent gifts include: 

► the naming of the $150,000 gift from Savannah Electric and Power 
Company as the Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr., Distinguished Professorship. 

► an initial gift of $10,000 from the Savannah Scottish Rite Bodies in 
conjunction with the Scottish Rite Foundation of Georgia. This is the first 
part of a $40,000 gift that will support the Scottish Rite Communicative 
Disorders Clinic at AASU. 

► yet another $10,000 gift from John Duttenhaver, an area physician, 
for the Department of Radiologic Sciences. 

► an $8,000 gift from the Porter Pierpont Rotary Educational Fund 
for scholarships. 

► a gift of photography equipment, valued at $7,000, for the Depart- 
ment of Art and Music. 

► $5,000 from Howard and Mary Morrison to establish the Center for 
Low Country Studies as part of AASU's history department. 

► six new members of the Presidents Club including two members of 
the AASU Foundation's Board of Directors, an AASU vice president, and a 
leading Savannah corporation. 

► a special gift of $1,000 from Kimera Pigments to help sponsor stu- 
dent attendance at the Southern Regional Honors Conference. 

► a $65,000 planned gift for scholarships in honor of Jule Rossiter 
Stanfield, former vice president of business at AASU and the first female 
appointed to a position of vice president in the University System of Geor- 

► an anonymous planned gift for scholarship support of female, non- 
traditional students returning to college. 

Work continues on a number of other foundation projects. Through 
the efforts of Eddie Aenchbacher, athletic director, and Susan Waters, ath- 
letics marketing director the re-established Pirates Club has raised two- 
thirds of its $10,000 goal for endowment. The James Lord Pierpont Schol- 
arship Fund is also on track for completion. Savannah author Margaret 
DeBolt and area historian Milton Rahn have helped MSU obtain a quarter 
of the $10,000 endowment goal foi' music scholarships. The recently estab- 
lished Cindy McCormick Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholar- 
ship support for re-entry students. Faculty members Grace Martin, Bettye 
Anne Battiste, Patti Brandt, Sara Connor, Cyndee Geoffrey and Barbara 
Tanenbaum are helping in the effort to honor their lost colleague and 

Special recognition goes to President Robert Burnett, Arnold Tenen- . 
baum, Frank Anderson, Dean Lloyd Newberry Dean Jim Repella, Jim 
Anderson, head of art and music, and Anne Putsch, associate professor of 
history for their assistance. 


Ingth of Community Support for AASU 

New Board Members and 
Officers Named 

The Armstrong Atlantic State Univer- 
sity Foundation, Inc., named five new 
members to its Board of Directors: Robert 
F. Brown, Jr. 77, 78 of Chatham Medical 
Associates; Robert W. Groves III, chairman 
of the board of Strachan Shipping Compa- 
ny; Millicent Melaver '49, secretary of 
Melaver, Inc.; Henry Minis, a private 
investor; and Don L. Waters, an attorney 
with Hunter, Maclean, Exley, and Dunn, 
RC. Board members serve a three-year 

New officers for the board were also 
named for 1997-98. Robert H. Demere, Jr., 
president of Colonial Oil is president; Cur- 
tis G. Anderson, president and CEO of the 
Kuhlman Corporation, is vice-president; J. 
Curtis Lewis III, of 
Hunter, Lewis, and 
Brannon, is secretary; 
Helen Downing is 
treasurer; and Sidney 
T. Nutting, Jr. '48, for- 
merly of Union Camp, 
is assistant treasurer. 

Robert F. Brown, Jr. '77, 78 

Henry Minis 

Millicent Melaver '49 

Presidents Club Members 

The Presidents Club honors the presidents of Armstrong Jimior College, Armstrong State College, and Armstrong 
Atlantic State University. Funds from the Presidents Club help ensure that AASU maintains its reputation of acade- 
mic excellence m teaching and learning. Membership is open in all three annual giving levels. 


$1,000 TO $2,499 annually: 

Joe and Dottie Adams 
James W. Andrews 
Ruth '40 and Frank Barragan '38 
Bunny and Ross Bowers '83 
Joe and Marilyn Buck '77 
Bob and Mary Burnett 
Frank and Martina Butler 
Byrd Cookie Company 
Chatham Steel Corporation 

Arnold Tenenbaum 
Helen and Ned Downing 
Henry and Eloise Harris 
Jack and Mimi Jones 
Kaye '75 and Don Kole 
Robert and Susan Lefavi 
John and Carolyn Luck 
Nick and Anna Mamalakis 
Don and Sandra Mayer 
Kathy and Cliff McCurry '68 
Melaver, Inc. 

Millicent '49, Betty and Norton Melaver '44 
Lloyd and Martha Newberry 
Barbara and Sid Nutting, Jr. '48 
Benjamin and Elizabeth Oxnard 
Lynn '75 and Jimmy Page '69 
W. Ray Persons '75 
Quality Inn & Suites 

Roger L. Young 

James F. Repella 
Savannah Morning News 

Frank Anderson 
Doris Shankle '76, '78, '81 and Cyrus Blair 
Marie '58 and Sanford Simmons 
Emma '75 and Bill Simon 
Henry C. Smith '37 
John L. Stegall 

Bob '49 and Helen Strozier '51 
Herbert S. Traub, Jr. '37 
Don L. '75 and Cynthia D. Waters '76 
S. Elmo and Elizabeth Weeks '40 
Genevieve and Nancy White 
Fred Williams Homes 

Fred Williams '82, '88 


$2,500 to $4,999 annually: 

Colonial Oil Industries 

Rob Demere, Jr. 
Molly '53 and Arthur Gignilliat, Jr. 
NationsBank of Georgia, N.A. 
Shirley and Philip Solomons '38 
Union Camp Corporation 


$5,000 or more annually: 

Curt and Libba Anderson 

Ten Ways to Give to The AASU Foundation 

Don L. Waters '75 

Most donors prefer to give to ttie AASU Foundation by writing 
a ctieck. Ottier options and opportunities are available. 

1 . Gifts of Cash: The simplest way to make a gift to the 
AASU Foundation is through a gift of cash. The value of such 
gifts may be increased if your employer or your spouse's 
employer participates in a matching gifts program. If you are 
a director of a company that has a matching gift program, 
your gift may also be matched. 

2. Gifts of Stocks: Stocks, bonds, and other appreciated 
property provide an excellent opportunity for a gift to the 
AASU Foundation 

3. Gifts of Personalty: Tangible personal property such as 
works of art, books, silverware, and stamp collections make 
excellent gifts to the AASU Foundation. 

4 Gifts of Life Insurance: Paid up life insurance policies, 
or policies which are not paid up but list the AASU Founda- 
tion as beneficiary and owner, can be used as a source for a 
charitable gift to Armstrong Atlantic, 

5, Gift Annuities: In this arrangement, a donor makes an 
irrevocable transfer of assets to the foundation; the AASU 
Foundation, in return, promises to pay a fixed percentage of 
the value of the assets to the donor and/or the donor's spouse 
or designee for life. 

6 Charitable Remainder Unitrust: A trust is created by 
the donor making an irrevocable transfer of assets to a trust. 
The trust is managed by a trustee selected by the donor The 
unitrust allows the donor to select a fixed percentage of the 
value of the assets in the trust as the income rate determined 

7 Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust: The Annuity 
Trust differs from the unitrust in that instead of a fixed per- 
centage, the donor selects as the income rate a fixed dollar 

amount, stated as a percentage of the assets transferred, but not 
less than five percent, 

8. Charitable Lead Trust: In this trust arrangement, the AASU 
Foundation receives the income from the trust for a period of 
years. At the end of the term, the principal of the trust reverts back 
to the donor 

9. Retained Life Estate: Donors may deed their home or farm 
to the foundation and retain the right to live and use the property 
for the remainder of their lives. 

10 Bequests: Donors may, through their will, leave a specific 
sum or percentage of their estate to the AASU Foundation or leave 
all or part of the remaining estate after all specific bequests have 
been satisfied. 

The AASU Foundation, Inc., is the legal entity designated to 
receive charitable contributions on behalf of Armstrong Atlantic 
State University The foundation is a non-profit Georgia corpora- 
tion and is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 
501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 

The foundation encourages gifts to continue the mission of the 
university to provide academic excellence in education, research, 
and community service. Gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, 
and foundations must comply with the policies of the AASU 
Foundation, Inc., and the University System of Georgia. 

AASU Foundation, Inc. 

11935 Abercorn Street 

Savannah, GA 31419-1997 


fax 912.921.5740 





Major: Baccalaureate 

Family: Stacy, 7; Keri, 5; and Ashley, 15 months 

Why Armstrong? 

1 was very unhappy at a larger university, and the health 
professions programs impressed me. 

Describe the University 

Very busy Lots of commuter students. Culturally diverse. 
Traditional and older students. Wonderful faculty and 
administration almost always willing to do anything to 
help you. 

Full-time Student & Mom 

There are not enough hours in a day to do things as thor- 
oughly as I would like. But 1 keep focused on what is 
important, and everything else just falls into place. 

After Graduation 

, I plan to finish my pre-med requisites and apply to med 
school. I'd like to work in labor and delivery 

Ji Parting Words 

1 will always treasure all of the relationships that formed 
as a result of being SGA president. It was a tough job, but 
I would do it all over again. 


1996-97 Student Government Association (SGA) Presi- 
dent, CHAOS Leader, American Chemical Society, Biolo- 
gy Club, 1995-96 SGA Senator, Honor Court, . — 
1999 Nursing Class PR Representative 

Academically Speaking 

Armstrong courses are difficu 

crosses that stage to receive that diploma, all 8,D0C 

onlookers know the diploma was earned, not given away 

Armstrong Accomplishment 

Being elected president. 1 had stiff competition, and 1 
knew that 1 had to campaign like crazy to even stand a 

Most Trying Moment 

Confronting President Burnett and questioning our new 

A Passionate Warrior 

Evelyn Dandy's eyes turn liquid when she 
speaks of her work, but her voice remains firm 
and unbroken. She knows how high the stakes 
are in a battle that many others have fought 
and lost. 

Her crusade: to increase the 
number of African-American 
teachers, particularly males, in 
urban schools. She is recog 
nized across the nation for 
this achievement as direc- 
tor of the Dewitt Wallace- 
Reader's Digest Pathways 
to Teaching Program. But 
to her Pathways Scholars, 
she's simply known as 
Mama Dandy. 

"The Scholars' accom- 
plishments document the fact 
that majority universities can 
successfully recruit, train, retain 
and graduate students of color," 
Dandy says. "Their performance is the 
most important accomplishment of Pathways." 

The program recruits local school system 
staff who are already employed as teachers 
aides, bus drivers, clerks, etc. Upon gradua- 
tion, Scholars are obliged to teach in the 
Chatham County Public Schools for at least 
three years. 

Pathways' alumni are an impressive group. 
They have a ninety-five percent pass rate on 
the Teacher Certification Test and a ninety- 
seven percent satisfactory rating on teacher 
observation instruments, It is common for 
Pathways graduates, who have a collective GPA 
of 3.08, to win Teacher of the Year awards and 
other accolades. And while one out of two new 
teachers leaves the profession after the first 
year, almost ninety percent of Pathways gradu- 
ates stay in the field. 

"For me, teaching is a mission — a call- 
ing," Dandy explains. "Teachers are preparing 
their students for the future, and so they them- 
selves must become lifelong learners, con- 
stantly seeking knowledge and always 
providing a model for their stu- 

Dandy, a professor of 
education, has been at Arm- 
strong Atlantic for more than 
twenty years and has 
become something of a 
media darling. Last year 
she was featured many 
times on national radio and 
television, including a pro- 
file on the ABC Nightly News 
with Peter Jennings. C-SPAN 
broadcast her testimony in 
front of the U.S. House of Repre- 
"^ sentatives Committee on Innova- 
tions in American Government. 
The AASU program, in collaboration 
with Savannah State University and the 
Chatham County Board of Education, has 
become the model for all other Pathways Pro- 
grams around the country. Dandy's fervent 
devotion to the project has resulted in highly- 
competitive grants, including a $100,000 award 
from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's 
Kennedy School of Government. Most recently 
Pathways earned the Regents Teaching Excel- 
lence Award from the University System of 

The relevance of her work is apparent: 
when an African-American teacher succeeds in 
an inner city classroom, a little victoiy is won. 
Still, the battle rolls on. No one knows this bet- 
ter than Mama Dandy. 



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